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Food Donations Welcome at July 4th Bettendorf Parade & Festival

Celebrate the 4th and help feed the hungry by bringing donations of nonperishable food items to the annual Bettendorf parade and festival. Volunteers and staff at Churches United of the Quad City Area will be accepting donations along the parade route and during the festival under our tent located at Spruce Hills Drive and Middle Road. All food collected will go directly to the 26 food pantries and 3 hot meal sites operated by Churches United in the Quad Cities.


From July 1st through the 31st, Thanksgiving in July food drive donation boxes will be placed at Fareway Food Stores in Davenport, Bettendorf and Moline; QC Core Chiropractic Wellness Center, Caddy’s Sports Bar and Grill, Dewey’s Café in the Library and K&K Hardware in Bettendorf. Nonperishable item needs include baby food; canned fruits and vegetables; canned meat such as tuna, Spam and chicken; peanut butter; rice pasta and pasta sauce; macaroni and cheese; juice boxes; boxed meals and soups. Paper goods – toilet paper and diapers – are also needed and gratefully accepted.

 

Cash donations to buy food in bulk to fill food pantry shelves are especially appreciated! Make checks payable to Churches United Thanksgiving in July and send to: Churches United of the Quad City Area, 2535 Tech Drive Suite 205, Bettendorf, IA 52722.

 

THANK YOU to Thanksgiving in July sponsors Fareway Food Stores; QC Core Chiropractic Wellness Center, Caddy’s Sports Bar and Grill, Dewey’s Café, K&K Hardware and the Iowa Pork Producers Association for helping us feed the hungry!

 

Contact Betsy Vanausdeln, Outreach Manager at Churches United, for additional food drive details and to arrange delivery of your food donations, at 563-332-5002 bvanausdeln@cuqca.org.

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Leave The Fireworks To The Pro's

 The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is reminding organizations and individuals sponsoring fireworks displays in Illinois to be sure their fireworks vendor has the required state licenses and certificates issued by the IDNR and the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) prior to their fireworks show.

 

The Illinois Explosives Act requires that anyone who purchases, possesses, uses, transfers, stores or disposes of explosives, including display fireworks, must have an explosives license and explosives storage certificate issued by the IDNR.  Licensing and storage requirements administered by the IDNR do not apply to Consumer Fireworks (classified as 1.4 explosives).  Approved Consumer Fireworks are regulated by the OSFM and are permitted only in villages, counties and municipalities that have passed ordinances allowing such displays. Consumer fireworks may be purchased and displayed only by adults who have obtained permits from their local jurisdiction.  Hand held fireworks, including fire crackers, roman candles, and bottle rockets are not approved for sale or use in Illinois.

 

The Illinois Explosives Act is administered by the IDNR Office of Mines and Minerals’ Explosives and Aggregate Division.  This Division is staffed by trained and experienced blasting specialists located throughout Illinois.  In addition to requiring comprehensive licensing, training and examination for individuals, the law requires that unattended display fireworks and explosives must be stored in an explosives magazine, storage facility or container that is inspected and certified by IDNR.

 

IDNR currently has 2,192 individuals licensed for the use of explosives in Illinois, of which approximately 1,033 are specifically for the use of display fireworks.  There are 786 certified explosives storage magazines in Illinois, which contain nearly 45 million pounds of explosives.  Of those storage magazines, 139 are certified specifically for the storage of display fireworks.

 

Anyone possessing, using, transferring or purchasing display fireworks without a valid IDNR individual explosives license or storage certificate is violating Illinois law and could incur penalties.  A violation of the Illinois Explosives Act can be a Class 3 felony, with a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. In addition, the IDNR can assess administrative fines for violations involving display fireworks and other explosives.

 

Emergency responders are reminded to contact IDNR and the OSFM immediately with reports of personal injury or property damage resulting from the use of explosives, including display fireworks.

 

For more information on the IDNR explosives regulatory program, log on tohttp://www.dnr.illinois.gov/mines/EAD/Pages/ExplosivesHandlingStorage.aspx.  In addition, for more information concerning the OSFM fireworks regulatory program, log on to http://www.sfm.illinois.gov/Public/Consumer-Fireworks.

 

To report an explosives incident or accident concerning display fireworks, the public should contact the IDNR Office of Mines and Minerals, Explosives and Aggregate Division at 217-782-9976 and the OSFM at 217-785-0969.

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Health Dept Offers Back To School Physicals

It’s been just a little over a month since most schools dismissed for the season and the next school year won’t begin for roughly another month and a half or so.

But that doesn’t mean that now is not a good time for families to prepare for the upcoming school year.

RaeAnn Tucker is the Director of Health Promotions with the Henry County Health Department and she says time has a tendency to get away from all of us…

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Ms. Tucker says the early bird gets not only the worm, but a savings when it comes to those student physicals…

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Black Hawk College President Announces Retirement


 

Black Hawk College president, Dr. Bettie Truitt has announced plans to retire at the end of 2017. Dr. Truitt began her career at the College in 1989 as an instructor in the Mathematics Department and served the College in numerous instructional and administrative roles over her 29 year career. In addition to serving as president since 2014, Dr. Truitt has held the positions of academic dean, Vice President for Instruction and Student Services and Executive Vice President.

 

In her letter of resignation, Truitt stated, “It has been a true privilege to have spent my entire professional career at the College.  It is a rare luxury to be allowed to work at an institution where you believe, unequivocally, in the good work done every day by our dedicated faculty and staff in order to improve the lives of our students.”  She continued, “I am very grateful for all the opportunities and education the College has provided me over the past 29 years.”

 

Board of Trustees Chair Rick Fiems said, “While I am excited for Dr. Truitt and her husband, this will be a big loss to the institution. Dr. Truitt has steered the College through some very rough waters during her time as president and her efforts are greatly appreciated.”

 

The College said Dr. Truitt has offered to work with the Board of Trustees and Administration to ensure a smooth transition.

 

Dr. Truitt cited the completion of the Health Sciences Center at the Quad-Cities Campus and the Veterinary Sciences Center at the East Campus and navigating through the financial challenges resulting from the state of Illinois budget impasse as significant accomplishments during her tenure. She added, “However, I am most proud of having been able to positively impact the lives of our students for nearly three decades. It has been an honor to have been a part of the Black Hawk College team.”

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Iowan's Jobless and Injury Benefits Increase

Maximum weekly benefits paid to jobless Iowans and to workers injured on the job will increase July 2, 2017, announced Iowa Workforce Development.

 

 

 

The rise in benefits was triggered by an increase in wages covered by unemployment insurance. The average annual wage for insured Iowa workers increased to $44,722.93 in 2016, up from $43,878.12 the previous year.

 

 

The new benefit payment schedules will apply to people who file new unemployment insurance claims on or after July 2, 2017, and to workers who are injured on or after July 2, 2017.

 

 

Under Iowa law, the number of people covered by unemployment insurance and their gross wages are primary elements of a formula Iowa Workforce Development uses each year to compute maximum and minimum benefit amounts paid to jobless workers. The new rates are:

jobless and injury rates

Iowa Workforce Development officials noted that about half of those eligible for unemployment insurance benefits have enough earnings to qualify for the maximum benefit. The 2018 taxable wage base will be $29,900.

 

 

Beginning July 2, the workers’ compensation maximum weekly benefit for temporary total disability, healing period, permanent total disability and death will rise to $1,720. For permanent partial disability, the weekly maximum will be $1,583. 

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ISP Receives Honors

 The Illinois State Police (ISP) were recognized for outstanding contributions in law enforcement at the 21st Annual “Salute to Those Who Make a Difference,” awards ceremony hosted by the Illinois State Crime Commission.  Eight ISP Troopers and an ISP canine were honored at the banquet at the Drury Lane Hotel in Oak Brook, on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

One ISP Canine team was recognized as the Illinois State Police canine team of the year. The ISP canine team made a positive impact on the citizens of Illinois by seizing significant amounts of illegal contraband, apprehending dangerous felons, and tracking missing persons. Over the past year, the canine team has had numerous successful operations including tracking an 88-year-old female with dementia who wandered from her residence, and three no-bite apprehensions, including one on a suspect wanted in a pending murder investigation. The canine team also seized the following amounts of contraband during 2016:

• 32,430 grams methamphetamine
• 10,576 grams cocaine
• 5,372 grams heroin
• 7,364 grams cannabis

The total street value of the amount of illegal drugs seized is estimated at nearly 17 million dollars.

The ISP District 15 Criminal Patrol team (CRIMPAT) received the contraband interdiction team of the year award. The team is comprised of eight highly skilled troopers and four canines that specialize in contraband interdiction.  The overall goal of the criminal patrol team is to seize illegal contraband being transported to, and through the state of Illinois.  The team also assists federal and local law enforcement.  

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Bustos Works To Get Commitment For Rail Service

 Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) secured a continued commitment from officials at the Federal Rail Administration to work with the State of Illinois to finish the long-awaited Quad-City to Chicago passenger rail project. Associate Administrator Paul Nissenbaum committed to working with Congresswoman Bustos, the Illinois Department of Transportation, railroads and local officials to get this project to completion. This pledge comes despite President Trump’s proposed cuts to Amtrak.

 

“Securing passenger rail for the Quad-Cities has always been among my top priorities, and I’m pleased the Federal Rail Administration is committed to bringing this project across the finish line,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “Despite the obstacles put in place by the state budget crisis in Springfield, I’m fighting to finish this project that will grow our local economy and create good-paying jobs in our region.”

 

Last year, after months of pressuring the Rauner administration to accept a $177 million job-creating federal investment in our state, Congresswoman Bustos announced an agreement between the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration to move forward on Quad-City to Chicago passenger rail, which was previously put on hold. 

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Enjoy The Show ... From a Safe Distance

In a flash, about 10,000 Americans  will be injured by fireworks while enjoying one of the traditions of Fourth of July celebrations.  In 2015, 11 Americans died in fireworks-related incidents.
 

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 60 percent of those injuries are sustained between June 20 and July 20.

 

David Dierks, D.O., Genesis emergency department medical director, believes the best way to avoid a trip to the emergency department is to leave fireworks displays to the professionals.

 

Iowa legalized the sale of fireworks in the last legislative session but that fact doesn’t mean they are less dangerous.

 

“The professional fireworks displays like Red, White and Boom are safer, bigger and better than anything we can do in our backyards,’’ Dr. Dierks said.  “Even sparklers burn at nearly 2,000 degrees (Fahrenheit) and can be dangerous.  That is hot enough to melt some metals. Used improperly, they can cause burns and burn clothing.

 

“If kids use sparklers, we urge close parental supervision and urge kids to stay in one place and not run with sparklers.’’

 

Sparklers account for about 20 percent of the total fireworks-related injuries seen in emergency departments.  About one-quarter of all fireworks-related injuries are sustained by children nine years old and younger.

 

Firecrackers also account for about 20 percent of injuries.

 

 

Dierks said the most disturbing statistic is that children under age 15 account for about 26 percent of fireworks-related injuries.

 

“A child will tell parents, ‘I can do it myself, I don’t need help.’  Often the child can’t do it themselves and there are injuries,’’ Dierks said.  “Those injuries can be severe.
 

“One of the reasons we continue to see fireworks injuries, some of them severe or fatal, is that people don’t recognize how dangerous these devices can be.  Children often lack the physical coordination to handle any

fireworks safely.  Even with a sparkler, they can fall and suffer burns.’’

 

Here are recommendations from Genesis and from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to prevent fireworks injuries at home:

 

  • Make sure the fireworks you want to buy are legal in your area before buying or using them.

 

  • Never allow young children ignite fireworks, including sparklers. Sparklers burn hot enough to melt some metals.

 

  • Do not buy fireworks packaged in brown paper or tubing, which is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays.

 

  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.

 

  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy, in case of fire or other mishap.

 

  • Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.

 

  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.

 

  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move away from them quickly.

 

  • After fireworks are burned out, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding the device to prevent a trash fire.

 

  • Light fireworks outdoors in areas clear of houses, dry leaves, grass or flammable materials.

 

  • Do not smoke while handling fireworks.

 

  • Ignite fireworks only on smooth, flat surfaces.

 

  • Don’t place fireworks in containers before lighting.

 

  • Alcohol and fireworks are a dangerous combination.

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Pesticide Drift Prevention: Communication Called Key

Pesticide drift is not only unwanted and destructive, it is also illegal - and Iowa farmers are encouraged to learn more about the problem and take steps to prevent it.

Rob Faux owns Genuine Faux Farm, a certified organic vegetable and poultry operation. He happened to be outside when a plane spraying insecticides and fungicides flew directly over his field. To recover, they moved fences to relocate turkeys and hens, cleared vegetation and flushed out chemicals with overhead irrigation.

He said they lost a significant portion of their crop and could not sell eggs for nearly three months.

"We took the cautious route because the last thing you want to do is give somebody something that has chemicals on it that are not rated for human consumption," Faux said. "That's part of the scariest part of this is what would have happened had we not been home when they decided to spray."

Faux said communication is key to prevent drift. He speaks with his neighbors and nearby co-ops who do applications to ensure they are aware he has sensitive crops. Farmers also can register their operations online at driftwatch.org, which applicators can check to identify areas that should not be sprayed.

Faux said another way to help mitigate the impacts of pesticide drift is to plant buffer strips.

"What we've started doing over the years is we've been trying to grow those buffer strips up vertically as well," he said. "So we've added bushes in hopes that that will catch drift. Obviously it won't do anything if a plane flies directly over you and drops spray. You can't solve that."

Pesticide drift can be devastating for fruit and vegetable farmers, and could cause organic farmers to lose their organic certification. It also can cause health hazards for workers in the field and impact populations of pollinators.

But Faux explained that most of those who apply chemicals don't want them to go where they are not intended.

"It would make no sense to me if I were a farmer doing that to have any applicator spraying when it was too windy or have the nozzles on when they're not over the proper section of field, because you're paying for these things to be applied to your crops, not on anything else," he said.

Faux and other farmers are featured in a Practical Farmers of Iowa video series on YouTube about pesticide drift and how to best respond. Details are available online at practicalfarmers.org.

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Rock Island Sailor Receives Honor

SAN DIEGO (June 22, 2017) Senior Chief Culinary Specialist Stacy Thomas, from Rock Island, Ill., receives her senior chief cover in the USS Makin Island (LHD 8) hangar bay during a promotion ceremony. Makin Island is homeported in San Diego. 

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Il Housing Market Remains Strong

Homes sold faster and prices rose, but home sales slowed in April with seasonally low inventory levels, according to Illinois REALTORS®.

Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in April 2017 totaled 13,958 homes sold, down 3.4 percent from 14,453 in April 2016.

The statewide median price in April was $200,000, up 7.5 percent from April 2016, when the median price was $186,000. The median is a typical market price where half the homes sold for more and half sold for less.

“Sellers flooded the market in March, and as a result inventories were struggling to keep pace with demand in April," said Illinois REALTORS® President Doug Carpenter, ABR, AHWD, GRI, SFR of Mokena, managing broker of Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group in Orland Hills. "It's clear from the relatively short average time to sell that buyers really do want to find a home. The problem is they are having to work much harder to find one that meets their criteria due to a shortage of options."

The time it took to sell a home in April averaged 61 days, down from 68 days a year ago. Available housing inventory totaled 54,666 homes for sale, a 15.3 percent decline from April 2016 when there were 64,554 homes on the market.

The monthly average commitment rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage was 4.05 percent in April 2017, a decrease from 4.20 percent the previous month, according to the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. In April 2016 it averaged 3.60 percent.

In the nine-county Chicago Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA), home sales (single-family and condominiums) in April 2017 totaled 10,157 homes sold, down 2.3 percent from April 2016 sales of 10,397 homes. The median price in April 2017 was $242,000 in the Chicago PMSA, an increase of 5.2 percent from $230,000 in April 2016.

“While sales will continue the usual early summer upward growth, there are some sharp differences in the forecasts for median prices” said Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory at the University of Illinois.  “The forecasts for median price indicate continued positive changes, but the REAL Housing Price Index (HPI), which compares specific housing characteristics, suggests declines and may also be reflecting the employment losses in the state over the past two months.”

According to the data, thirty-four (34) Illinois counties reported sales gains for April 2017 over previous-year numbers, including Madison County, up 11.0 percent with 353 units sold; Rock Island County, up 1.3 percent with 153 units sold; and Kane County, up 0.2 percent with 662 units sold. Fifty-four (54) counties showed year-over-year median price increases including Will County, up 12.2 percent to $218,700; Winnebago County, up 8.5 percent to $108,450; and Cook County, up 5.5 percent to $253,000.

The city of Chicago saw a 4.4 percent year-over-year home sales decline in April 2017 with 2,586 sales, down from 2,706 in April 2016. The median price of a home in the city of Chicago in April 2017 was $297,150, up 3.9 percent compared to April 2016 when it was $286,000.  

“With the spring market underway, buyer demand has not abated in the least,” said Matt Silver, president of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® and partner at Urban Real Estate. “Rather, increased competition for homes that are priced well and move-in ready will continue to drive prices upward. Both motivated sellers and buyers should be prepared for these conditions to continue in the coming months.”

Sales and price information are generated by Multiple Listing Service closed sales reported by 28 participating Illinois REALTOR® local boards and associations including Midwest Real Estate Data LLC data as of May 7, 2017 for the period April 1 through April 30, 2017. The Chicago PMSA, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, includes the counties of Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will.

Illinois REALTORS® is a voluntary trade association whose more than 44,000 members are engaged in all facets of the real estate industry. In addition to serving the professional needs of its members, Illinois REALTORS® works to protect the rights of private property owners in the state by recommending and promoting legislation to safeguard and advance the interest of real property ownership.

Find Illinois housing stats, data and the University of Illinois REAL forecast at www.illinoisrealtors.org/marketstats.        

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Health Dept Offers DOT Physicals


    The Henry County Health Department staff reminds area residents their Clinical services program is offering area drivers low cost DOT Physicals.  Appointments are available at their Main Office, Rt. 78 South, Kewanee and by special arrangement and at their West Office, 103 1st St., Colona.

 

     The Health Department notes that the Department of Transportation requires some drivers to get regular physicals to make sure they can drive safely. If any of the following apply to you, you must get a DOT physical and carry a DOT medical certificate when you drive a commercial vehicle:

· You are paid to operate a motor vehicle that holds nine to 15 passengers; you drive the vehicle more than 75 miles from where you report to work; you operate this vehicle for interstate commerce purposes

· You operate a motor vehicle with a gross combination weight rating, gross vehicle weight, gross vehicle weight rating, or gross combination weight of at least 10,001 pounds; you operate this vehicle for interstate commerce purposes

· You transport hazardous materials in certain quantities

     Sandy Sommer, RN Clinical Services Director with the Health Department notes, “If you want to comply with federal law, a qualified medical examiner must complete your DOT physical form.  Our Nurse Practitioner, Josefina Foreman is a Certified DOT medical examiner.”

     DOT Physical participants should expect the examiner to review their health history and ask the participant to list the medications taken on a regular basis. During your DOT physical, the examiner will also do the following:

· Check your pulse and blood pressure

· Perform a vision test

· Observe your general appearance

· Examine your eyes, throat, mouth, and ears

· Listen to your heart and lungs

· Check for spine deformities

· Perform a neurological exam

· Press on your abdomen to check for abnormalities

· Perform a hernia check

     Sommer adds, “If you are seeing a provider and are on medication for sleep apnea, diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiac, anxiety, ADHD/ADD, depression and other mental health issues, and seizures.  Participants need to obtain a “Clearance Letter” from the provider of care and bring to their appointment.

    Please note, appointments for DOT Physical, which are necessary, may be made by contacting the Health Department at (309) 852-5272 - Kewanee Office or 792-4011-Colona Office.  

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Shooting Incident

 

Moline Police are investigating a shooting that took place in the 2400 block of 16th street sometime around 2:40 AM this morning.

Canvassing Officers located a 9mm handgun in the 1800 block of 27th Street. Moline Police believe this handgun was used in the shooting.

A 35 year old male black presented himself to Genesis West Hospital in Davenport for treatment. Police believe this subject was involved in the shooting.

Anyone with information on this ongoing investigation is urged to call Moline Police at (309) 797-0401 or Crime Stoppers (309) 762-9500.
 

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Reed Facing Additional Charges

Additional Charges have been filed on Keyshawn Reed stemming from the incident in Davenport.
Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon
Felon in Possession of a Firearm
Assault While Participating in a Felony
Domestic Assault w/ Intent
Child Endangerment
Eluding


Original Release: June 20, 2017
On Tuesday June 20, 2017 at approximately 12:36AM officers were dispatched to the 1100 block of West 8th Street regarding shots fired. Witnesses on scene provided descriptions of the suspect and suspect vehicle which fled the scene as officers were arriving. Officers quickly located the suspect vehicle and confirmed that shots were fired. Casings were located on scene. Officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop but the vehicle failed to stop. Police units initiated a pursuit and coordinated communications with Illinois Police units as the vehicle fled into Illinois over the I-280 Bridge. Illinois Police units were able to safely deploy spike-sticks which disabled the vehicle. The driver fled on foot but was apprehended after a short foot chase. The driver was identified as Keyshawn Reed, 29 of Davenport. Reed is currently in custody at the Rock Island County Jail, several charges are pending from the incident in Davenport. There were no report of injures related to this incident; no further information is available at this time. Anyone with information regarding these incidents is encouraged to “DO WHAT’S RIGHT” and call the Davenport Police Department at 563 326-6125 or submit an anonymous tip via the mobile app entitled “CityConnect
Davenport, IA” or “CrimeReports by Motorola”.

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Hub Seeks Qualified Companies For Training That Averages $770K In New Export Sales

 

 

The Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub, an initiative of the Quad Cities Chamber, is currently seeking businesses wanting to learn how to take advantage of growth opportunities in global markets through the ExporTech™ export training program.  Valued at $6,000, the training will be provided at no cost as part of the Illinois Defense Industry Adjustment (DIA) Program, of which the Hub is a part. On average, participating companies generate $770K in new export sales.

 

ExporTech™ provides:

 

·       A structured export strategy and business development process that assists companies to accelerate growth.

·       Assistance developing an export plan. 

·       Help efficiently connecting with local and national exports that help navigate the export sales process. 

 

“This program is yet another example of how the Hub can help our area defense manufacturers and others in their supply chain diversify their products and their customers.  Doing so is not only helpful for businesses’ short-term growth but also for their long-term viability if and when market forces change,” says Hub Executive Director Mike Coughlin. “Keeping our defense suppliers strong keeps our area economy strong.”

 

The Hub has partnered with Iowa State University’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) and the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) to provide a comprehensive combination of group workshop activity as well as individual hands-on training and coaching totaling 100-150 hours.  At the end of the training, participants will be able to execute an individualized business diversification plan for their company as it relates to the export market.

 

Ideal companies for the training include those new to exporting but ready to commit resources, limited or moderate exporters whose export sales are less than 10 percent of their revenue yet they want to become more proactive about international growth, or experienced exporters whose international exporting has grown to more than 10% of their sales and are ready to achieve the next level of growth.

 

Companies wishing to be considered for inclusion in the training must:

 

·       Be a Department of Defense supplier (either direct or as a supplier of a supplier).

·       Not currently be receiving other government grant funds.

·       Have management support/involvement.

·       Provide one or more qualified personnel to attend the workshops (July 19, Aug. 9 and Aug. 30) and receive individual coaching.

·       Complete an impact survey at the end of the project.

·       Have a business located in either Scott, Clinton, Muscatine, Jackson, or Cedar Counties in Iowa or Rock Island, Whiteside, Henry, Mercer, or Knox Counties in Illinois.

 

To apply for the program, please contact Hub project manager Gary Grebner at ggrebner@quadcitieschamber.com or 309-525-7014 no later than Friday, June 30.

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Black Hawk College – Quad-Cities Campus (Moline) Spring 2017 Honors Lists

 

All towns are in Illinois unless otherwise noted.

 

High Honors – GPA 3.75 to 4.00 for the semester

 

Aledo -- Trae Blaser, Matthew Lloyd, Daniel Swiger

 

Alpha -- Saraya Nichols, Lacey Williams

 

Andalusia -- Carrie Eggert, Avis Mueller

 

Andover -- Christine Wade, Katelyn Wampler

 

Annawan -- Jennifer Celus, Claudine Davis

 

Atkinson -- Debbie Claeys, Jordan Schnowske

 

Bettendorf, IA -- Ahmad-Donnie Al-Suleiman, Cameron Ballantyne, Quentin Dixon, Paula Fortman, Rachel Ostberg, Cody Smith, Madeline Smull, Jennifer Szegda, Amy Van Fossen

 

Cambridge -- Tristan Akers, Laura Beuseling, Mikayla Carlson

 

Carbon Cliff -- Jack Allen, Andrew Hewitt, Cheyenne Sherfey

 

Chicago -- Najia Hutcherson, Samantha Nguyen

 

Clinton, IA -- Laura Mataya

 

Coal Valley -- Sydney Biscontine, Amna Ciaccio, Brian Doxstader, Russell Hoffman, Kaitlyn Mayfield, Keifer McCaw, Adrian McDevitt, Jack McLoone, Angela Meyers, Lisa Roberson, Marshall Taylor

 

Colona -- Emma Alexander, Holland Block, Nicholas Cave, Jean Clark, Bryce Coakley, Derek Conduff, Melissa Fast, Landon Frenell, Michelle Hayes, Kristen Holbrook, Alexa Mahoney, Jessica Mattan, Adam Miller, Cole Mueting, Lyndsey Peacock, Brooke VanHoutte

 

Cordova -- Jericha Stout, James Stratton

 

Davenport, IA -- Dennis Bell, Callie Bolkema, Trisha Gibson, Alicia Houlihan, Keil Huber, Brittany Lichty, Lorenzo Lira, Patrick McCartney, Megan Peterson, Michael Rieck, Brian Schaaf, Mattingly Schadt, John Schilder, Rachel Simon, Laurel Sink, Aliza Tandukar, Caylla Townsley

 

Deer Park, TX -- Nicholas Balandran

 

Dixon -- Chastity Gallentine

 

Dunlap -- Abigail Young

 

Durant, IA -- Lake Koenig

 

East Moline -- Alique Abram Drew, Jennifer Aceviz, Justin Bergen, Amy Berry, Angela Castel, Emily Clever, Daniel Davidson, Jacob Deem, Amanda DeVilder, Daniel DeVilder, Chelsey Dorsey, Ayla Ervin, Valerie Ann Guanzon, Taylor Johnson, Kalyn Kolls, Josie Koueviakoe, James Kunzle, Brittni LaFountaine, Hannah Lawrick, Grace Logan, Cole Lueders, Rachel Massa, Joseph Mooney, Mariah Naftzger, Brittany Nevels, Adrianna Ochoa, Alejo Ortega, Emilee Rains, Austin Riley, Tyler Russell, John Sabel, Kailin Saucedo, Jasmine Singleton, Taylor Taghon, Lupita Toscano, Patrick Wickersham, Miranda Zinke

 

Edina, MO -- Brittney Snelling

 

Eldridge, IA -- Reagan Adkisson, Sarah Stonskas

 

Erie -- Andrea Dail, Ethan Homeyer, Madison Newton, Andrew Paxton, Hannah Schanze, Erin Stichter, Alexis Verkruysse

 

Fenton -- Courtney Kruthoff, Brenna Rickels

 

Galesburg -- Jaclyn Thompson

 

Galva -- Amanda Smith

 

Geneseo -- Dariann Arnold, Shalana Atwell, Elodie Bouwens, Cassidy Budde, Karen Burk, Olivia Carroll, Danielle Clary, Jenna Freebern, Nancy Heeren, Joshua Heller, Lilly Henderson, Rachael Himmelman, Travis Jodts, George Murray, Micah Nelson, Amelia Nyquist, Kayla Peterson, Brock Piotrowski, Andrew Pischke, Bradley Schulte, Kristin Sebastian, Quinn Singbush, Jenna Vermost, Conner Welch, Amy Wethington, Alyssa Wheeler

 

Hampton -- William Beals, Baylee Burklund, Madison DeVoss, Sierra Smathers

 

Hillsdale -- Emily Hurlbut

 

Illinois City -- Jessie Havemann, Brittany Olson, Cole Whisman

 

Joy -- Hannah Terrill

 

Kewanee -- Hannah Bridgewater, LuAnn Sopiars, Nelson Ullinskey

 

Kirkwood -- Kelsey Crain

 

Lake in the Hills -- Brian Deroo

 

LeClaire, IA -- Michelle Smith

 

Lynn Center -- Nicholas Kline, Nicholas Scharpman

 

Macomb – Qinghui Lui

 

Milan -- Danen Busch, Phillip Connelly, Ellie Franks, Andrea Fullerton, Joshua Griggs, Ashley Hanson, Erica Hinzman, Jason Madden, Rebecca Marquis, Kelly Merchie, Ashley Minyard, Kalli Mlekush, Jessica Morrissey, Miranda Vavrosky, Breanna Verschoore, Cassie Wales, Grace Wiborg

 

Moline -- Kokutse Adanbounou, Daniel Ade, Mary Ade, Yvette Adjakpa, Jesus Aguirre, Kiana Aude, Youssef Baamou, Fatimata Barikire, Eric Becker, Jennifer Blood, Alexis Bohm, Bobby Cain, Kaitlyn Cameron, Emalee Clayton, Amber Dale, Brandon Daley, Justin DeArmond, Geoffrey Devore, Deborah Diaz, Meryem Dinia, Phillip Do, Kimberly Doerr, Kossivi Efou, Yvette English, Devin Erwin, Gillian Fox, Amanda Frazee, Cara Freeman, Dylan Freeman, Haley Fuessel, Qianxun Gao, Madison Garchinski, Griselda Garcia, Easton Glynn, Keith Grage, Morgan Green, Haley Gustafson, Curtis Hanson, Kalli Harris, Fidelia Herrera, Bryce Humphrey, James Hunter, April Irwin, Kayla Jacobs, MacKenzie Jacobs, Gabriela Jimenez, Dakota Johnson, Victoria Johnson, Ronald LeBlanc, Dayna Lovell, John Luster, Hope Markin, Micaela Martinez, Yecenia Martinez, Mike McCann, Tyler Melin, Andrew Mikita, Edwin Moore, Jasmine Moseley, Danielle Myers, Conor Naab, Dieynaba Ndiaye, Eric Neels, Kaitlyn Nelson, Anna Noe, Nicholas Nolte, Mohammad Nurullah, Lydia Olson, Cassandra Osborne, Kendra Percak-Dennett, Elsa Portillo, Isaac Raymond, Alethea Roach, Brianna Rodgers, Alondra Rosas, Chase Sharp, Courtney Shelor, Amy Slovak, Luke Spiegel, Jonathan Stacy, Lisa Starofsky, Jodi Taets, Brittany Tatman, Melissa Tatman, Ashley Tharp, Shelby Thede, Shay Toliver, Colten Vogel, Dena Waddell, Mackenzie Wayne, Suzannah Weber, Amelia Welvaert, Roger Wilson, Jasenda Zamora, Nasser Zbeeb, Nessrine Zbeeb

 

Monmouth -- Sandy Mariner

 

Morrison -- Connor Duncan, Luke Lykken

 

Mount Morris -- Cody Merrill

 

New Windsor -- Lilly Ryner

 

Orion -- Elizabeth Beemblossom, Gabriel Clarke, Kati DeBacker, Ethan Ferguson, Emily Gritton, Luke Hepner, Kaitlyn Link, Alec Mason, Landon Sears, Paige Stropes, Brandi Wells, Cynthia Wilton

 

Osco -- Haillie Miller

 

Port Byron -- Taylor Bensenberg, Moriah Brown, Megan Groves, Jurnie Hinde, Justin Hoertz, Katie Nelan, Elizabeth Paxton, Kennedy Smith, Joseph Wallace

 

Prophetstown -- Mackenzie Schueler, Austin Winters

 

Quincy -- Evan Hurst

 

Rapids City -- Laura Schillinger

 

Reynolds -- D. Nicholas Close

 

Rock Island -- Anabel Alva, Ana Alva Perez, Lea Arrington, Jese Avery, Omidullah Barikzay, Austin Beine, Marina Belshause, Paige Bender, Matthew Benson, Austin Braud, Hayley Calamia, Lillian Coleman, Elissa Debrey, Nathaniel Eder, Grant Fessler, Gary Fogle, Jason Fogle, Brooke Hart, Brenna Hogan, Angelique Iradukunda, Margaret Lange, Jessey Lawson, Karen Manning, Analisa Marceleno-Alba, Maria Martinez, Brianna Mathews, Aldair Matias Garcia, Judith Mencia, Dalaina Mower, Shwe Nay, Stephanie Nunez, Nicholas Parker, Ku Wah Paw, Marissa Pluzycki, Michael Randle, Daniel Redman, Samantha Roberge, Blake Schneider, Elmira Shakhbazova, Kristina Sheehan, Roman Shepard, Kole Shuda, Joanna Specht, Phillip Stallings, Sui Sung, Nicole Tyulpa, Damarius Washington, Margaret Woolley, Christian Zeise

 

Rockton -- Jena Hardyman

 

Savanna -- Sara Sorensen

 

Seaton -- Jacob Ewing

 

Sherrard -- Carmen Bizarri, Vanessa Bucher, Poul Dybro, Sarah Hicks, Bethany Hofer, Anastasia Rodemeyer

 

Silvis -- Brandon Ahlf, Alec Austin, David Cook, Holly Fttil, Hannah Jeckell, Donte Johnson, Caina Kinney, Kayla McNabb, Kirsten Montgomery, Lesly Muniz, Paul Tomkins, John Winters, Mason Zambrano

 

Sterling -- Heather Swanson

 

Stockton, IA -- Michelle Byles

 

Taylor Ridge -- Chloe Bohnsack, Cheyenne Bush, Daniel Springsteen, Brandon Tomlin, Evan Weller

 

Viola -- Courtney Baum, Mckara Caldwell, Katelyn Mack

 

Woodhull -- Victoria Cooper

 

 

Honors – GPA 3.50 to 3.75 for the semester

 

Abingdon -- Daisy Walljasper

 

Albany -- Kara Clark, Trisha Naftzger

 

Aledo -- Lauren Barton, Larry Wheeler

 

Annawan -- Hailey Bos, Katherine Overton

 

Arenzville -- Bethany Fischer

 

Atkinson -- Anna Combs, Taylor Riffe

 

Bettendorf, IA -- Taylor Altemeier, Anna Black, Nolan Chap, Alexander Cronkleton, Danielle Frey, Zachary Kanka, Dakota Logan, Zachary Norton

 

Blue Grass, IA -- Trae Shubat

 

Cambridge -- Marissa Underwood, Lenora Wildermuth

 

Carbon Cliff -- Chyna Cole, Kayla Harrison

 

Coal Valley -- Mia Campbell, Alexis Mendoza, Taylor Meyers, Amanda Purvis, Joseph Smiley, Landon Taets

 

Colona -- Nicole Johnson, Tori McCaw, Hunter Peterson, Katelyn Powell, Anastasia Veloz, Adam Wells, Jacob Widger

 

Cordova -- Jordan Barber, Chance Johnston

 

Davenport, IA -- Danielle Harris, Jennifer Hayes, Ryan Lorber, Ashley McKnight, Shawn Moran, Jennifer Ricketts, Jenna Vrombaut, Jasmine Watson

 

East Moline -- Cameron Ackerland, Ryan Carlson, Kerri Clay, Jennifer Danay, Teresa Dean, Mamadou Diallo, Austin Griffin, Jordan Howard, Gabrielle Kerker, Adam Lack, Tara Lopeman, Emily Martinez, Helen McCarthy, Amber Melahn, Christina Morrell, Nicole Nees, Samuel Pement, Kayla Serra, Sweety Thanpuii, Christopher Timmons, Gage Tisdale, Alexander Whitmore

 

Eldridge, IA -- Jessica Hoffstetter

 

Erie -- Trey Anderson, Sera Bebon, Caleb Miner

 

Fenton -- Samantha Barger

 

Fulton -- Ann Renkes

 

Galesburg -- Keli Hinkle

 

Galva -- Paige Anderson

 

Geneseo -- Karah Bos, Will Chaney, Hailey Cox, Elizabeth Crafton, Amber Dauksas, Abbigail Frank, Ryan Hartsock, Breanna Jones, Samantha Kotch, Alexander Lathrop, Hope Lentz, Jeremy Mills, Kristen Nelson, Brice Piotrowski, Clare Possin, Adam Roesner, Trevor Specht, Wyatt Wade, Sam Welch, Darby Willaert

 

Goose Lake, IA -- Emily Franks

 

Hillsdale -- Hannah Lester

 

Illinois City -- Matthew Bolt, Alex Ward

 

Joy -- Joseph Morse

 

Kewanee -- Nicholas Lempke

 

Lynn Center -- Logan Martens

 

Matherville -- Madison Miller

 

Milan -- Erin Ahlgrim, Haley Anderson, Carol Axline, Meagan Baker, Ebony Harrison, Kelly Kirkhove, Ashley Mathias, Alicia Murphy, Connor Shuck, Amber Straw, Breanna Welch

 

Mineral -- Erin Samolinski

 

Moline -- Koffi Agbossou, Kristie Amato, Anna Antle, Umesh Basnet, Nam-Long Brennan, Kayla Casey, Ho Jean Chang, Andrew Compton, Eric Contreras, Sandra Contreras, Gina Daniels, Beverly Duffy, Jamie Eggerichs, Gretchen Grace, Tyler Houston, Tyla Hughes, Carla Islas, Sandra Jaramillo, Jacob Jensen, Justine Jimenez, Joshua Johnson, Abigael Kelly, Libna King, Diane Kohrs, David Lance, Amorah Malzewski, Kristen Marietta, Leslie Martinez, Timothy McCollum, Heather Mix, Andrea Ochoa-Raya, Jennifer Oviedo, Gabriella Perez, Caitlin Phillipson, Jacob Pittington, Kayli Puig, Lauren Puig, Alexander Randall, Megan Randall, Lisbet Salazar, Luis Salazar, Derek Schumann, Nathan Smith, Kaitlyn Stewart, Miguel Stoll, Alyssa Streets, Elisabeth Tarpey, Courtney Threlkeld, Joseph Torres, Yannick Tsogbe, Sandra Vargas, Charissa Warren, Leah Weber, Nicholas Welch, Autumn Williams

 

Muscatine, IA -- Mariah Korslin, Katherine Tucker-Dipple

 

New Windsor -- Allison Kallenbach

 

Orion -- Brant Holst, Evan Jacobsen, Hope Stropes

 

Osco -- Ariel Morgan

 

Port Byron -- Austin Brasel, Lainey Geigle, Jason Hoehn, Hannah Malmgren, Austin Ortiz

 

Prophetstown -- Jill Calderone, Drew Wiersema

 

Rapids City -- Brandon Clark, Kayleen Mercer

 

Rock Falls -- Shawn Beebe, Stephanie Friedrich

 

Rock Island -- Shelby Boysen-Ledbetter, Damaris Brizuela, Thomas Bustard, Stephen Cougill, Jana Fleming, Melissa Gomez-Lopez, Dylan Greko, Amber Harrison, Bibiana Hernandez, Sarah Hunter, Michael Leonard, Tevin Lietz, Emmanuel Lloyd, Lacenda Lutz, Jarred McClendon, Taylor Neyens, Frederick Olson, Bilori Paul, Michelle Rangel, Molly Rea, Chase Spicer, Julia Thomer, Kaingze Tin, Phillip Witmer

 

Sherrard -- Faith Anderson, Justin Bell, Forrest Bezotte, Isaac Boraas, Keanu Brandom, Clayton Corken, Megan Dorsey, Anna Dybro, Laura Dybro, Kinsey Hutchinson, Cameron Maere, Whittni McKinley

 

Silvis -- Elias Alkhouri, Kassandra Anderson, Erol Fazliu, Taylor Murphy, Morgan Scott, Clifford Terrell, Elizabeth Thompson, Savannah Troester, Nathaniel Warden, William Whitworth

 

Sterling -- Annabelle Chattic

 

Sun Prairie, WI -- Emily Van Driel

 

Taylor Ridge -- Brandon Baker, Payton Carlson, Miyah Sellers, Carter Stewart, Jonathan Tacker

 

Tiskilwa -- Eric Sanders

 

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Wear and tear of lock and dam system on display in Quad Cities

The aging lock and dam system continues to show its wear and tear. A prime example is on display in the Quad Cities at Mississippi River Lock and Dam 15 in Rock Island where an emergency repair had to be completed a few weeks ago says Aaron Dunlop with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
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Dunlop says without the temporary fix, barge traffic could have been shut down.
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Dunlop says the permanent repair will cost $15-million, which they’re hoping to receive in next year’s budget. Lock and Dam 15 was constructed in 1931. 

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Red, White and Boom on July 3

Red White and Boom 2017 is sure to be a memorable one.

On July 3, the Independence Day celebration will bring one of the Midwest’s largest fireworks displays to the Quad Cities, along with live music and a variety of other activities.  Red White and Boom –celebrating America’s birthday– is guaranteed to be a source of patriotic family fun. 

Red White and Boom will host a unique fireworks display on the Mississippi River.  Two dueling barges will be firing off the celebratory display on the river beginning at 9:30 p.m.  Red White and Boom has joined with Townsquare Media’s 97x, to produce a soundtrack for the fireworks.  The music and firing sequences are downloaded into a computer controlled launch pad, allowing the fireworks to be launched at specific times, accentuating the display.

Family friendly activities will begin at 5 p.m. in both Schwiebert Park and Modern Woodmen Park.  The Genesis Family Fun Viewing area will be located in LeClaire Park in downtown Davenport, and will also be open to the public at 5 p.m.  River City 6 will provide the entertainment for LeClaire Park starting at 7 p.m.  Food and novelty vendors will be located on Beiderbecke Drive adjacent to LeClaire Park.

Activities at Schwiebert Park include inflatables, food vendors and a beer garden sponsored by Bent River Brewery.  COUNTRY Financial is presenting The Big River Brass Band at 5 p.m., followed by the Metropolitan Youth Program Drill Team of Rock Island.  Smooth Groove will perform just before the fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.

Modern Woodmen and Schwiebert Park, will both host ceremonies with a proclamations highlighting the Rock Island Arsenal, those who are serving and those who have served in our nation’s military.  At 8:30 p.m., an Oath of Enlistment ceremony will take place in Modern Woodmen Park, inducting more than 40 recruits into the armed forces.

Red White and Boom is generously presented by Genesis Health System and Regional Development Authority.

This event would not be possible without all of the additional sponsors including City of Davenport, City of Rock Island, Downtown Davenport Partnership, Quad Cities River Bandits, KWQC-TV 6, Lloyd’s Plan Inc., St. Ambrose University, Lunardi’s Italian Restaurant, Pepsi Cola Bottling Company, Mediacom, Happy Joe’s, Crawford Co., RIA Federal credit Union, Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, Vandgerinst Law, Davenport Parks and Recreation, Rock Island Parks and Recreation, Mickle Communications, Quad City Times, Upper Mississippi Fleeting, COUNTRY Financial, Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Dohrn Transfer Company,  Jumer's Casino Hotel and both the Rock Island and Davenport Fire and Police Departments.

More details are available at www.RedWhiteBoom.org.

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Iowa Adds 5,500 Jobs In May

 Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 3.1 percent for the third straight month. The state’s jobless rate was 3.8 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 4.3 percent in May.

 

“After two months of losses, Iowa businesses showed some signs of optimism in May with 5,500 jobs added,” said Beth Townsend, Iowa Workforce Development Director. “Hiring in trade, health care, and manufacturing establishments helped keep the state growing.”

 

The number of unemployed Iowans increased to 52,900 in May. The current estimate is 11,200 lower than the year ago level of 64,100. 

 

The total number of working Iowans decreased to 1,636,400 in May. This figure was 3,400 lower than April and 100 higher than one year ago.

 

Seasonally Adjusted Nonfarm Employment

Iowa establishments expanded in May and added 5,500 jobs. This month’s gain was the first since February and more than offsets losses of 3,500 jobs over the last two months. Aside from government, job growth was evident in most segments of the Iowa economy in May and was led by private services. 

 

Government shed 500 jobs due to larger than expected seasonal declines at the local level. Compared to last year, government trails last year’s mark by 2,000 jobs due to reduced staffing levels at the local level.

 

Within private industries, trade and transportation added the most jobs this month (+2,400) due to hiring in both retail and wholesale trade. Transportation and utilities shed jobs in May, but remains up 2,500 jobs versus one year ago. Manufacturing added 2,300 jobs this month to help ease some of the recent losses plaguing this sector. Job gains were nearly split between both durable and nondurable goods factories. 

 

Some of the gain this month was due to a surge in hiring in food manufacturing (+800). Smaller gains this month included other services (+1,000), professional and business services (+900), and financial activities (+600).  Information services added jobs for the first time since January and increased by 300 jobs in May. Alternatively, job losses were led by leisure and hospitality (-1,200) with declines almost entirely focused in accommodations and food services. Construction experienced another small drop this month (-200) and follows another larger decline in April. The only other loss this month was in education and health care services (-100) due to a reduction in private education services.

 

Annually, nonfarm employment recovered this month and is up 15,200 jobs versus last May. Trade and transportation has been adding jobs lately in sales and leads all sectors with 7,100 total jobs gained. Education and health care is up 5,100 jobs due entirely to hiring in health care. Professional and business services has advanced steadily (+4,000) due mostly to hiring in professional, scientific, and technical services. Despite a large gain this month, manufacturing continues to lead all sectors in jobs lost versus last May (-1,600). Durable goods factories have been responsible for all of the layoffs as nondurable goods factories have added jobs in food manufacturing and animal slaughtering and processing. Leisure and hospitality is down versus last year (-1,300) with losses being concentrated in accommodation and food services. Construction also trails last year’s record highs due in part to the completion of a few large scale projects and is down (-1,100).

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Ken And Amy VanSickle Receive Honors

At the June 14 Park Board meeting, Ken and Amy VanSickle were presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for their efforts to maintain Meier Park. For the past 10 years, Ken and Amy have spearheaded an effort to help maintain and enhance the landscaped areas at Meier Park. In addition to pulling weeds, trimming trees, and mulching landscape beds, they have added additional landscape beds and donated perennial and annual flowers. Volunteers like Ken and Amy help enhance the quality of city parks and their contributions are sincerely appreciated.

 

The five acre park is one of the oldest parks in Bettendorf and serves the southwest area of the city. In addition to the local neighborhood activities, the park is the site for one of the Summer Playground Programs and hosts a variety of organized youth athletic activities.

 

Anyone interested in volunteering to help maintain or enhance city parks and facilities can participate through a number of organized committees such as: Trees Are Us Committee, Crow Creek Dog Park Committee, Friends of Bettendorf Parks Foundation, Centennial Garden Committee, Fourth of July Festival Committee, Natural Resources Committee, and the Park Ambassadors Program.

 

For more information contact the Bettendorf Parks and Recreation Department at 563-344-4113, or go on line towww.bettendorf.org/parks.

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DAY FOUNDATION FUNDS CHURCHES UNITED PROGRAMS

Churches United of the Quad City Area gratefully accepts a $15,000 grant award from the Doris & Victor Day Foundation.

This grant award will be used specifically to purchase supplies for 26 food pantries and three meal sites and fund direct services at Winnie’s Place, our emergency shelter for women, without or without children, who are homeless and/or survivors of domestic violence.
In its 56th year, Churches United has a history of reaching out to our community.  Our 137 member churches represent over 50,000 people from the Quad City Area.

For information about services offered, or ways to support Churches United, call 563-332-5002, or visit our website at www.CUQCA.org.

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US 67/Mississippi Riverfront Trail Ribbon Cutting on Tuesday

 A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held Tuesday, June 20 beginning at 10:00 a.m. for the US67/Mississippi Riverfront Trail. This trail section completes the Mississippi River Front Trail (MRT) in Bettendorf between Fenno Road to 62nd Street Court. This now provides a connection from Princeton to Concord Street in Davenport. The project was designed by J&M Civil Design of Bettendorf and construction was completed by Valley Construction of Rock Island at a total cost of $670,000.

 

The ceremony will take place at the new Crow Creek Bridge. Those attending can park at the AAA Self Storage Facility 5900 State Street, which is on the north side of the road, just east of the Crow Creek Bridge.

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Quad Cities Chamber to Host Rock Island Arsenal Community Meeting

 

 The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Rock Island Arsenal, will host General Daly for a Rock Island Arsenal Community Meeting on Friday, June 23 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. at the iWireless Center, Moline. During the town hall style meeting, General Daly will give an overview to the community on the state of the Rock Island Arsenal. 

The Rock Island Arsenal has served our nation for more than 150 years, and as the largest employer in the region has a local economic impact of over $1.2 billion annually. General Daly will present on the worldwide impact and presence of the commands located on Rock Island Arsenal, and speak to the critical role that the Rock Island Arsenal and its commands have for the broader Army and DOD mission.

“The role that the Arsenal plays in the community is so significant,” said Jason Gordon, Vice President of Public Affairs. “It is so important that the business community stays engaged with the Arsenal and to support the continued growth on Rock Island Arsenal. This event is a great opportunity for the business and community leaders to come together and learn more about the Arsenal.”

To confirm your attendance at this meeting, go to quadcitieschamber.com/events, or call 563.823.2690.  Registration is not required but is encouraged.

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BHC congratulates 2017 GED, high school completion grads

Black Hawk College celebrated the accomplishments of 81 students June 8 at the annual GED and High School Completion Graduation Celebration.

The event recognized Adult Education and Optional Education students from across the college district who completed all GED or high school completion graduation requirements during the 2016-17 school year.

High school completion graduates Evan Goswick and Ebony Meyer, both of Rock Island, were the featured student speakers.

After losing his father, Evan Goswick found traditional high school difficult. It was not long before he found himself enrolling in Black Hawk College’s High School Completion program.

“I was met with support, and my teacher cared so deeply for her students and just wanted to see them achieve their dreams,” Goswick said. “Words cannot express how thankful I am to them!”

After earning his diploma, Goswick began working at Black Hawk College through a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act youth grant, where he now performs yard and custodial work.

“Black Hawk has made it possible for me to follow my dreams and I am now college-bound,” he said. Goswick plans to begin studying business and accounting at Black Hawk College in the fall.

After losing motivation in her schooling, Ebony Meyer’s grades began to deteriorate quickly. She remembers falling into a state of depression and completely withdrawing from life. After a few difficult months, she took back control of her life and asked her family and friends for help.

“We made the decision to take a trip to Black Hawk to see what my chances were with continuing my education, Meyer said. “That day I met the most supportive, caring and motivational people I have ever met in my life.”

Meyer entered the program thinking it was going to take her months to finish, but with determination and the support of her family and faculty, she finished quickly.

“I am so appreciative because now there are so many opportunities open to me,” she said.

In her speech at the graduation ceremony, Meyer urged her follow graduates to “always believe in your worth and always follow your dreams because we all have the power to change the world.”

GED and high school completion classes at Black Hawk College are offered at no cost to students and are conducted in a variety of locations. A new session will begin Tuesday, Aug. 8.

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Traffic Crash – Bicycle Fatal

 

 

Friday 16 June at 6:22 AM Moline Police were called to I-74 as it overpasses I-280 for a bicyclist struck by a vehicle.

 

Responding Patrol Officers found a bicycle crashed into the sidewall and remaining on I-74. The bicycle rider had gone over the rail and sidewall landing onto I-280 and traffic.     

 

Moline Police Traffic Investigators and Moline Detectives immediately began their investigation. It became apparent the bicyclist had been crashed off the bridge by a vehicle.

 

ALL parties involved in the crash have been identified and the investigation is taking place.

 

Assisting Moline Police in the traffic snarl was Coal Valley Police, the Rock Island Sherriff’s Department, Illinois State Police, Milan Police, and IDOT.

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Dress For Success Quad Cities Receives A Grant

Dress for Success Quad Cities was awarded $10,000 during the spring 2017 cycle to fund the “Next Step to Success” project, which seeks to empower more women to economic independence in 2017.

 

The “Next Step to Success” project will help Dress for Success Quad Cities develop its Professional Women’s Group and Career Success Center services to reach more women and improve outcomes-based programming and measurements. Funding will be invested in dedicated new staff, purchasing a needed computer, prepaid cell phone and critical program supplies in 2017. Because of the Regional Development Authority’s gift, a new staff computer is already in use.

 

The goal of the project is to provide high-quality, reliable services delivered “just in time” as a low-resource woman faces a critical transition point—an interview and/or new job. This gives her hope, skills and confidence. Then Dress for Success Quad Cities follows up with ongoing professional and career development so that the changes she has begun have a chance to take root and grow.

 

The Regional Development Authority invests over one million dollars in grant support thanks to revenue generated by the newly expanded and relocated Rhythm City Casino.

 

Just as the women served by Dress for Success Quad Cities have grown so has the organization, thanks to generous community support from funders such as the Regional Development Authority and others. Since opening their doors in November 2011, the RDA has awarded six grants to Dress for Success Quad Cities totaling $92,000.

 

Dress for Success® Quad Cities is one of 147 affiliates around the globe. The organization’s goal is to empower women toward economic stability. Dress for Success has served more than one million women worldwide by providing them with business-appropriate clothing, job-search support, mentoring and professional development programs. 

 

Learn more, donate and volunteer at www.quadcities.dressforsuccess.org.

 

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River Action's Eighth Annual Floatzilla – August 19, 2017

FLOATZILLA - River Action’s Eighth Annual Floatzilla – August 19, 2017

 

River Action will host its Eighth Annual Floatzilla on Saturday, August 19th from 7:00 am

to 4:00 pm. The family event is held yearly to promote recreational water trails, canoeing, kayaking, and safe paddling. Participants can spend the day paddling from five launch sites along the Mississippi. All of the paddling routes culminate at 2:30 pm at Lake Potter/Sunset Park in Rock Island for a traditional group photo and an effort to break the world record for the largest connected raft of canoes and kayaks.  That record of 3,150 is held by Inlet New York. This year will also feature an attempt to break the World Record for Simultaneous Kayak Launch, which is currently set at only 396! All are welcome at Lake Potter for good food, live music and paddling fun.  A commemorative paddle is given to the largest group in Floatzilla.

 

Packet Pick Up at Credit Island – August 18, 2017

 

Packet Pick Up this year will feature Kayak Races around Credit Island, local food trucks, and live music.  Those signed up for the event can enjoy the special competitions and a concert.

 

Mississippi River paddles are available for all skill levels

 

Empire Park – East Moline, IL (11 Miles, Lock-through Lock & Dam 15)

Ben Butterworth Parkway – Moline, IL (9 Miles, Lock-through Lock & Dam 15)

Main Street Boat Launch – Davenport, IA (3 Miles– Participants paddle back to Credit Island)

Marquette Street Boat Launch – Davenport, IA (2 Miles– Participants paddle back to Credit Island)

Credit Island – Davenport, IA (1/2 mile each way – Participants paddle back to Credit Island)

Lake Potter – Rock Island, IL No river paddling needed.

 

Registration is $15 per paddler until June 30 when prices go up to $25.  Registration includes one Floatzilla t-shirt, decal, free parking, and shuttles to and from the off-site parking.  Late registration after August 14th is $30. T-Shirts and decals are subject to availability after August 11th.

 

Register online at www.floatzilla.org!

 

Participants must provide their own equipment and wear a Coast Guard Approved PFD. Alcohol is not permitted at Lake Potter, and paddleboards may not go through Lock & Dam 15. A limited supply of canoe/ kayak rentals is available from regional outfitters. Visit www.floatzilla.org  for more information on outfitters.

 

All proceeds from Floatzilla go to River Action’s work on water quality and river enhancements. To date, River Action has contributed $7 million to projects and programs in the Quad Cities.

Those wishing to participate, volunteer, or learn more should visit floatzilla.org or contact the River Action office at 563-322-2969 | 822 E. River Drive Davenport, IA 52803 Event photos available upon request.

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ISP: Save Camping for the Lake, Not the Left Lane

 

Illinois State Police District 7 Commander, Captain Victor Markowski, would like to remind drivers that the left lane on all controlled access roadways (interstates and highways with on/off ramps) is for passing only.

This has been an Illinois law since January 1, 2004 (625 ILCS 5/11-701 d). The law states that a motorist cannot drive in the furthest left lane, on a roadway with multiple lanes dedicated to the same direction, unless actively passing. If a motorist is driving in the left lane and refuses to move to the right, when a faster traveling vehicle comes up behind, that motorist can receive a citation. This law is designed to reduce lane changes, keep traffic flowing smoothly, and above all else, ensure the safety of all motorists.

Those drivers that choose to stay in the left lane, no matter what, have traditionally been called “campers”.  Just like at a camp ground, these drivers set up in the left lane and claim it as their own. “No one can claim any part of the roadway. We must all share the roadway,” states Captain Markowski.

One consequence of left lane “campers” is the increased possibility of triggering a road rage incident.  With temperatures on the rise, tempers go up and patience declines. Faster drivers tend to be more aggressive drivers and as their aggression builds, it can turn to rage. Their positive decision making ability deteriorates. This is a recipe for disaster. Some drivers think they are making the roads safer by driving in the left lane, slowing traffic down. Studies show this is not the case. A driver has one job behind the wheel, get their vehicle and the occupants to their destination safely. If someone is driving recklessly, call 911 and provide the relevant information to the police (location, vehicle, and driving behavior information.)

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Bustos, Graves Introduce Bipartisan FLIGHT Act

 

 

 Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and Congressman Sam Graves (MO-06) introduced the bipartisan Forward Looking Investment in General Aviation, Hangars and Tarmacs (FLIGHT) Act. A companion bill was also introduced in the U.S. Senate last week by Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.). The FLIGHT Act will give General Aviation (GA) airports more flexibility to facilitate infrastructure investment by using existing sources of funding.

 

From the 17th Congressional District, several General Aviation airports could potentially benefit from this legislation, including Ingersoll Airport in Canton, Kewanee Municipal Airport, Mercer County Airport in Aledo, Albertus Airport in Freeport, Galesburg Municipal Airport, Whiteside County Airport in Rock Falls, Monmouth Municipal Airport and Tri-Township Airport in Savanna.

 

“So many of the small towns and rural areas in our region depend on general aviation airports, and we need to ensure that they have the tools and resources necessary to succeed,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “The FLIGHT Act will give general aviation airports more flexibility with federal funding to complete improvement projects and support local jobs and economic development. I’m proud to work across the aisle with Congressman Graves on this important issue, and I’ll continue fighting to make job-creating investments in all our airports, big and small.”

 

“General aviation is an essential form of transportation in this country, but that is especially true in rural America. As the small airports supporting GA age, our facilities need to be modernized to continue providing reliable service to these communities,”Congressman Graves said. “The FLIGHT Act will give GA airports investment flexibility by opening up existing funding sources, presenting a much-needed, commonsense solution to the problems facing our nation’s small airports. I thank Senators Inhofe and Duckworth for their work on this in the Senate, and I look forward to partnering with Congresswoman Bustos to see this bill through the House.”

 

“The FLIGHT Act addresses the growing needs of our nation’s system of airports by providing the FAA with long overdue flexibility it needs to fund important projects,”said Mark Baker, President and CEO of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. “Maintaining and upgrading runways, taxiways, and aprons and meeting the need for new hangars, helps keep airports and communities vibrant and competitive. This bill also takes a critically important step in recognizing the vital role that reliever airports play in natural disaster relief efforts. We’d like to thank Congresswoman Bustos for her leadership and hard work to help airports prepare for the future in thousands of communities across the country.”

 

“Airports across the country have $100 billion in infrastructure needs over the next five years,” said Kevin M. Burke, President and CEO of Airports Council International – North America.  “We appreciate Reps. Graves and Bustos for introducing the FLIGHT Act to help general aviation airports better serve their communities, and we look forward to working with Congress to provide airports of all sizes with the resources they need to build much-needed infrastructure projects and improve aviation safety.”

 

“We appreciate the efforts of Representatives Graves and Bustos to enhance investments in general aviation airports through the FLIGHT Act and look forward to working with Congress in the months ahead to ensure that airports of all sizes have the resources they need to upgrade aging facilities and meet growing demands across the aviation system,” said Todd Hauptli, President and CEO of the American Association of Airport Executives.

 

“We commend Representatives Graves and Bustos for their commitment to general aviation as the FLIGHT Act—among other things—will reinvest much-needed funding into non-primary airports across the country,” said Mark Kimberling, President and CEO of the National Association of State Aviation Officials. “We look forward to continuing our work together throughout the legislative process and beyond to ensure that our national network of general aviation airports remains the envy of the world.”

 

The bipartisan FLIGHT Act:

 

· Reforms Non-Primary Entitlement (NPE) funding by giving general aviation (GA) airports more time to accumulate FAA funding for projects and ensures available discretionary funding originally set aside for GA airports remains available for projects at GA airports through a nationally competitive process.

 

· Improves Project Delivery by extending to GA airport projects the same expedited and coordinated environmental review process used for projects at large congested airports. These reforms would empower GA airports with flexibility to devote needed resources to improving their infrastructure.

 

· Establishes a pilot program for Public Private Partnerships at GA airports to attract private sector investment for the construction of private hangars, business hangars or investments in other facilities so general aviation airports can grow as hubs of economic activity and job growth.

 

· Designates certain airports across the country as “Disaster Relief Airports” and provides access to funding set aside for airports to use for required emergency planning activities, equipment, or facilities. This provision would help designated airports that lack the resources and personnel to adequately prepare for responding to disasters.

 

· Clarifies Aeronautical Activity at Airports by ensuring that the construction of recreational aircraft is an aeronautical activity at airports.

 

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Rock Island County Circuit Clerk Appointed to SC Commission on Access to Justice

Justice Thomas L. Kilbride and the Illinois Supreme Court have announced that Rock Island
County Circuit Clerk Tammy Weikert has been appointed as a non-lawyer member of the
Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice (ATJ).
"She has served as a solid and productive volunteer to the Illinois Courts," said Justice Kilbride,
who serves as ATJ Commission liaison for the Illinois Supreme Court. "We are thrilled to have
someone with her skills and daily courtroom experience on the ATJ Commission."
Weikert was appointed as Circuit Clerk by the Rock Island County Board in 2015, elected as
Clerk in 2016 and has worked in the Circuit Clerk's office since 1998.
"I am honored to be asked by Justice Kilbride to be appointed to the Access to Justice
Commission," Weikert said. "I have enjoyed sitting on the Court's Guidance and Training
subcommittee and find value in the information and training provided across much of the state. I
admire the accomplishments made by the ATJ Commission so far and am dedicated to
continuing the mission."
The Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice was created by the Illinois Supreme Court
in June 2012 to promote, facilitate and enhance equal access to justice with an emphasis on
access to the Illinois civil courts and administrative agencies for all people, particularly the poor
and vulnerable. The ATJ Commission contains 11 members who represent various parts of the
legal system.

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Health Dept Offers School Physicals


    The Henry and Stark County Health Department staff announces that their Clinical services program is offering Sports and School Physical Exam clinics throughout the summer.

 

    Appointments are available at their Main Office, Rt. 78 South, Kewanee and at their West Office, 103 1st St., Colona.

 

    The clinic will offer area Junior High and Senior High School Athletes, Freshmen, Sixth Graders, Kindergartners, and Preschoolers school or sports physicals. 

 

    In order to encourage parents to call early for their appointments; and thereby avoid the end of the summer rush, the Health Department will offer the exams at a cost of $20 per person in May and June; $25 per person in July; $30 per person in August; and $50 per person in September and October.

 

    Also, the Department reminds area parents to be sure your children are up-to-date on their required immunizations before school begins this fall.  Immunizations, TB checks; blood lead screenings, and other needed lab tests are also available to participants at additional charges. The Health Department has all immunizations that are required for school entry as private pay vaccines. Please call for eligibility, costs, and for vaccine availability.

 

    Please note, appointments which are necessary, may be made by contacting the Health Department at (309) 852-5272 - Kewanee Office or 792-4011-Colona Office. 

 

     For more information visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments or Follow Us on Twitte

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Bettendorf Walk And Roll Event On June 25

The Walk and Roll Event will be held on Sunday, June 25 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. beginning at Pat and Jack Bush Scenic Overlook, 3727 Elm Street, Bettendorf.

 

1:00 p.m.– Youths receive FREE Ice Cream Coupon (first 50 participants!) Families receive Walk and Roll Participation Certificates!

 

1:15 p.m. – Take off! Go at your own pace and as far as you would like!

 

The event consists of a short family-oriented relaxed walk, run, or ride on the trails in Bettendorf. A volunteer will be there to greet participants at the start and join you for fun on the trails!!  Walk and Roll is a great opportunity for individuals of all ages who would like to enjoy spending time outdoors and a get a little exercise.

 

The event is sponsored by the Bettendorf Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee (BBPC). This is a city-led committee of employees, business leaders, educators, and residents.  The mission of BBPC is to promote and support a safe and active lifestyle for the community.

 

Bettendorf was recently awarded a Bronze Level Designation by the League of American Cyclists.  As part of an effort to continue to expand usage of trails in Bettendorf, the committee is hosting Walk and Roll events and other similar events throughout the year.

 

For more information on BBPC and other activities, visitwww.bettendorf.org/bbpc.

 

Registration for this event is not required.

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Pioneer Day at the Colonel Davenport House

The fifth annual Pioneer Day is Saturday, June 17, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  It is a kick off of Quad Cities Museum Week.

 

There is an encampment of fur trader re-enactors, called a Buckskinners' Rendezvous, with pioneer portrayers demonstrating hatchet and knife throwing, and there are craft demonstrators such as wood-working, spinning, lacemaking, quilter, and basket weaving.  Old time music specialist Wesley Wells will be a roaming musician. 

 

In addition, kid’s games and activities include turkey in the straw game, scavenger hunt, homemade ice cream making, scrub board washing, yarn dolls, tin punched designs, and a face painter will be doing Native American designs. 

 

Food Vendor available will be Dickey’s BBQ with sandwiches, sides, and drinks. 

 

Pioneer Day hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 17.  Tours of the historic Colonel Davenport House included.  Admission is $10.00 adults for 13 years and over; $8 for seniors (65 & older), free 12 and under and active military.  For more information, visit their website at www.davenporthouse.org.

 

During Pioneer Day on June 17, guests will only need to show a valid picture ID at any guard gate.  Simply tell the guard you are going to the Davenport House.

 

This event is part of the kick off of Quad Cities Museum Week, happening on June 17-25 with over 15 participating local museums.  **The Colonel Davenport House has special hours and will be open every day during Museum Week from 12-4 p.m. for guided tours.**

 

A current U.S. picture ID for persons 16 years or older is needed in order to be permitted on Arsenal Island because it is a working military facility. You can access Arsenal Island using the Moline, Illinois, gate.  Arsenal Security Information

 

The Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation (CDHF) is a nonprofit all volunteer organization that works to preserve Colonel George Davenport’s former home and share his story with the community. 

                                                                                                                      

Colonel Davenport was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving for ten years.  He came to Rock Island in 1816 as a civilian who had a contract to supply rations to the soldiers at Fort Armstrong.  George Davenport was the first permanent white resident in the Quad Cities area and built his house in 1833-34.

 

About the CDHF

The Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation (CDHF) is a nonprofit volunteer group that works to preserve Colonel George Davenport’s former home and share his story with the community.  The Colonel Davenport House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1833-1834 and is on the North end of Arsenal Island in the Quad Cities.  Colonel Davenport was the first permanent European settler in the Quad Cities.  The Foundation relies on volunteers to maintain and operate the house.  It is open for guided tours from May to October. 

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Bustos gives Trump budget plan a thumbs down review, especially for ag

Don't count Quad Cities Congresswoman Cheri Bustos among those impressed by President Trump's budget blueprint. Bustos is expressing concerns about funding for the Department of Agriculture....
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She says the budget plan will also mean fewer jobs in already struggling small towns. Bustos also is expressing concerns about proposed deep cuts in the crop insurance program. 

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IHSA Bass Fishing Finals On Wednesday And Thursday

 

IHSA Bass Fishing State Finals Rescheduled for June 14-15 at Carlyle Lake

The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) announced today the 2017 IHSA Bass Fishing State Finals will be rescheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, June 14-15 on Carlyle Lake.

 

The tournament finals were originally scheduled for May 19-20, but the IHSA announced on May 10 that the event would be postponed due to high water levels caused by excessive rain throughout the spring. On May 26, the IHSA announced a new state final date of June 23-24, but was forced to rescind that date due to concerns by the Army Corp. Engineers who run Carlyle Lake.

 

“Carlyle Lake is a busy lake that gets significant use during the summer months, especially on weekends,” said IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson. “We worked together with the Army Corp. of Engineers to reschedule the tournament for June 23-24, but given more time to reflect, they had concerns about their ability to safely and efficiently facilitate the event, both on and off the water, on June 23-24. While a mid-week state final isn’t an ideal circumstance, if we didn’t proceed, we feared that cancelling the state finals may be the only recourse. Our high school anglers have earned the opportunity to fish for a state championship, and we wanted to make sure that happened.”

 

Boat safety checks will be conducted on the morning of June 14, which will alter the fishing competition schedule from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Fishing on June 15 will occur from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. as scheduled.

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Alderman Naumann Seeks Re-election

 

Mr. Scott Naumann, Incumbent 2nd Ward Alderman, is a long-time Bettendorf resident and businessman announced his run for re-election to the Bettendorf City Council. Scott has served as the 2nd Ward Alderman since 2010 and has a proven track record for community outreach, leadership on municipal state and national boards, and advocating effectively for the residents in the 2nd Ward.

Scott served as the President of the Bettendorf Rotary Club in 2011-12, receiving the Presidential Citation for District 6000. Through Scott’s Rotary service, in partnership with the Bettendorf Community School District, he coordinated the “Read to Succeed” program to advance literacy by placing reader volunteers in every first grade classroom in the district. Scott is an Executive Director for the Iowa League of Cities, a member of the IT Policy Advocacy Committee for the National League of Cities, Board Member for Scott Community College Foundation, and is the Bettendorf City Council representative for Broadband Advancement Options in the Iowa Quad Cities.

Naumann said, “I ran for office 8 years ago with a goal to make a difference in Bettendorf. 8 years later, I have a no less enthusiasm for the job.  I am proud that during my tenure, we’ve done visible road projects like Middle Road, Spruce Hills, and 18th street. We have unprecedented development underway with the Lodge Hotel property, the downtown redevelopment, the I-74 Bridge project, and the BettPlex sports complex. I’m so proud that Bettendorf now has the lowest operating levy in the State of Iowa and the highest rating of any local municipality for financial soundness according to Moody’s Ratings Bureau. I have been so fortunate to serve this community and am excited to ask my constituents for four more years.”

Scott and his wife Shelly, son Nick and daughter Natalie live on Avalon Drive in Bettendorf.

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High Temps Could Buckle Pavement

 The Illinois Department of Transportation is urging motorists to be alert for the possibility of pavement buckling on roads throughout the state in the next few days due to the extreme heat in the forecast.

 

Very high temperatures can lead to pavement expanding and ultimately buckling or blowing out, causing uneven driving surfaces in some areas. As long as the heat persists, IDOT will be monitoring the situation, with crews available to make repairs as quickly as possible if they are needed.

 

Motorists should be aware of slowing traffic and be prepared to move over for maintenance

workers and other emergency personnel.

 

In addition, motorists are encouraged to carry drinking water when traveling during extreme heat conditions. Should you experience vehicle trouble, dehydration can happen quickly without proper hydration available.

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American Red Cross Helping 41 People Following Multiple Home Fires

The American Red Cross Central and Southern Region is helping 41 people including 18 children who were affected by home fires that took place across the region this past weekend. Red Cross volunteers responded to fires in Benton, Bloomington, Eureka, Herrick, Monmouth, Springfield, Urbana and Washington. The Red Cross has responded to over 560 fires in the Central and Southern Illinois Region this fiscal year.

After a disaster, the Red Cross works with individuals and families to make sure they have safe shelter, food, emergency relief supplies, emotional support and healthcare.

In addition to assisting residents affected by the home fires, Red Cross volunteers provided canteen services of bottled water and snacks for responders at fires in Effingham, Monmouth, Saybrook and Strasburg. Overall, canteen services were provided for more than 150 responders.

HOME FIRE CAMPAIGN Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a fire. The Red Cross has been working to reduce that number through its Home Fire Campaign, a multi-year effort to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent. Launched in October of 2014, the Red Cross and thousands of campaign partners have helped save numerous lives through the effort, as well as installing more than a half million smoke alarms in homes all across the country. The Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region has installed more than 8,600 free smoke alarms.

SIMPLE STEPS TO SAVE LIVES The Red Cross is calling on everyone to take two simple steps that can save lives: create and practice their home fire escape plan and check their smoke alarms. Other safety steps include:
·         If someone doesn’t have smoke alarms, install them. At a minimum, put one on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Local building codes vary and there may be additional requirements where someone lives.
·         If someone does have alarms, test them today. If they don’t work, replace them.
·         Make sure that everyone in the family knows how to get out of every room and how to get out of the home in less than two minutes.
·         Practice that plan. What’s the household’s escape time?

RED CROSS APPS People can download the all-inclusive Red Cross Emergency app, which combines more than 35 emergency alerts to help keep the user safe. The Red Cross offers a free app - Monster Guard - designed for kids, teaching them to prepare for emergencies at home by playing an engaging game. Users can find the apps in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.

WHAT PEOPLE CAN DO People can visit redcross.org/homefires to find out more about how to protect themselves and their loved homes from fire. They can become a Red Cross volunteer at redcross.org/CSIL. They can also help by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. We respond to nearly 66,000 other disasters every year and most of these are home fire

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ILFB Approves Trump Infrastructure Plan


The following is a statement Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert, Jr., regarding President Donald Trump’s infrastructure plan.

“Farm Bureau and other waterway transportation advocates met with White House officials this spring and urged the president’s infrastructure team to propose overdue, needed investments in modern, efficient waterway transportation. Clearly, that message was received.

“Illinois Farm Bureau greatly appreciates President Trump’s statements Wednesday in Ohio and his recognition that a 21st century lock and dam system will create jobs and make farmers more internationally competitive.

“We look forward to working with the president and our congressional delegation to pass an infrastructure bill that invests in new 1,200-foot locks on the Illinois and Upper Mississippi River system.”

 

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Congresswoman Cheri Bustos Fights To Protect Rural Infrastructure

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) questioned Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao about the Trump Administration’s plan to fundamentally upend the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). As a member of the House Transportation Subcommittee on Aviation, she specifically zeroed in on how President Trump’s plan to privatize the U.S. Air Traffic Control System could have dire consequences for aviation safety, small airports and rural communities.

 

At the full Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing, Congresswoman Bustos pressed Secretary Chao on what kind of protections small towns and workers would have under a new system.

 

“Investing in our transportation infrastructure creates good-paying jobs in our communities, and I’ll continue working across the aisle to bring home results for the hardworking families I serve,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “However, President Trump’s plan to privatize Air Traffic Control could compromise safety and hurt small and rural airports like those in Northwest and Central Illinois. After speaking with Secretary Chao today, I’m concerned that the Trump Administration’s plan does not include the necessary provisions to ensure that small and rural airports have the resources they need to succeed, grow and remain competitive. I’ll work with Secretary Chao to find solutions for the airports in our region, and hold the Trump Administration accountable for their promises to rural America. Instead of tilting the scales toward large, urban airports, I hope Secretary Chao and President Trump will work with Congress on a bipartisan plan that invests in our community airports and puts passengers first.”

 

In addition, President Trump’s plan would:

 

•                  Jeopardize aviation safety by splitting the Federal Aviation Administration into two and leaving passenger safety to a private corporation more concerned with bottom-line profits.

•                  Allow a private corporation to tax airline passengers, which many experts believe to be unconstitutional. It would also remove significant Congressional oversight over the new corporation and give passengers little recourse to challenge unfair charges.

•                  Increase the federal budget deficit by $46 billion. 

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Regional Media Movie Review The Mummy

The Mummy stars Tom Cruise as Nick, an adventurer, soldier, archaeologist, thief and all around charming rogue. Nick finds trouble when he and his colleagues, including New Girl star Jake Johnson, uncover an ancient Mummy's tomb that bestows a deathly curse on Nick. Can Nick beat back the ancient evil of the Mummy known as Ahminek (Sophia Boutella)? That's the story of "The Mummy." Here's my review. Click Here

 

 

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IDPH Offers Tips To Avoid Tickborne Illness

As the weather warms up, more ticks are starting to appear.  Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D., reminds residents about the importance of taking precautions against tick bites and the diseases they carry.
“Ticks can carry diseases like Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and ehrlichiosis,” said Director Shah.  “A bite from a tick can cause anywhere from mild to severe illness, and even death in some cases, so it is important to protect yourself against bites.”

Many tickborne diseases have similar symptoms.  The most common symptoms of tick-related illnesses can include fever, chills, aches and pains, and rash.  Within two weeks following a tick bite, if you experience a rash that looks like a bull’s-eye or a rash anywhere on your body, or an unexplained illness accompanied by fever, contact your doctor.  Early recognition and treatment of the infection decreases the risk of serious complications.  Tell your health care provider the geographic area in which you were bitten to help identify the disease based on ticks in that region.

Ticks are commonly found on the tips of grasses and shrubs.  Ticks crawl?they cannot fly or jump.  The tick will wait in the grass or shrub for a person or animal to walk by and then quickly climb aboard.  Some ticks will attach quickly and others will wander, looking for places like the ear, or other areas where the skin is thinner.

Simple tips to avoid ticks bites include:

• Wear light-colored, protective clothing—long-sleeved shirts, pants, boots or sturdy shoes, and a head covering.  Treat clothing with products containing 0.5 percent permethrin. 
• Apply insect repellent that contains 20 percent or more DEET, picaridin, or IR3535 on exposed skin for protection that lasts several hours.
• Walk in the center of trails so grass, shrubs, and weeds do not brush against you.
• Check yourself, children, other family members, and pets for ticks every two to three hours.
• Remove any tick promptly by grasping it with tweezers, as close to the skin as possible and gently, but firmly, pulling it straight out.  Wash your hands and the tick bite site with soap and water.

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Drowning Victim Recovered

Today, Friday 09 June around 10:00 AM, after a diligent effort by Marine 43 of the Rock Island Arsenal Fire Department Rescue Boat, our victim of the drowning Malik Williams was recovered in the area from which he was last seen.

 

07 June, 2017 UPDATE: Recovery crews who spent the day attempting to recover the body of the accidental drowning have ended their unsuccessful efforts as of 4:00 PM today. This will end the search until further notice.

Our victim is Malik A. Williams, age 25, date of birth 10-10-1991from Galesburg, Illinois

 

06 June, 2017: Moline Police were called to the 5400 block of River Drive at the Mississippi River at 8:32 PM Tuesday the 6th for individuals who had fallen into the river.

 

Responding Officers found that a six year old boy had fallen into the river while fishing. His father in an attempt to save the boy entered the water and was no longer on the surface.

An uninvolved party, Van Thang, who was driving near the scene, was prompted by screams from the river bank. Thang left his vehicle and entered the water saving the boy bringing him to shore and handing him over to a group gathered there. Thang however was not able to make it further out into the Mississippi to the victim.

Moline Police, Moline Fire, East Moline Police, and the Rock Island Arsenal all had crews assisting in the rescue. All deployed units stayed on scene until well after midnight.

 

Crews resumed their search around 8:00 AM but it is now deemed a recovery.

The name of the 25 year old victim of the accidental drowning will not be released until his recovery and this will be done by the Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson.   

 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all involved in this tragic accident.

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Army Birthday Ball Scheduled For June 16

Army Birthday Ball scheduled for June 16

The Quad Cities Chamber and the Rock Island Arsenal military community invite Quad Citizens to celebrate the Army’s 242nd birthday at the annual Army Birthday Ball Friday, June 16 at the Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf.

The event will begin with a social hour and receiving line at 5 p.m. with formal activities to follow. Keynote speaker for this year’s Army Ball is Mr. R. Andrew Hove, President and Executive Director of AM General. Attendees will enjoy dinner, dancing and champagne toasts, along with a cake cutting and other ceremonies to celebrate 242 years of traditions, sacrifices and soldiers who fought to protect the freedom of our great nation throughout various conflicts.

“It is a privilege for the Quad Cities Chamber to be a part of producing this unique community event,” says Tara Barney, President and CEO, Quad Cities Chamber. “Each year the Army Ball creates an opportunity for the Quad Cities community to honor and celebrate our men and women who serve, as well as the Rock Island Arsenal as a valued part of our region.”

All members of the public are invited to attend the Army Birthday Ball. The cost is $65 for the general public. RSVPs for the Army Ball are requested by June 9.

To make a reservation or for more information, visit quadcitieschamber.com/events or call 563-823-2669.

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Sen Grassley Comments On Operation Fast And Furious

 Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley testified today at a hearing before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform about the process of oversight for Operation Fast and Furious since it began in 2010.  His testimony comes alongside the release of a joint committee report between the Senate Judiciary Committee and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the investigation.

 

In his testimony, Grassley outlined the unprecedented obstruction of legitimate Congressional oversight by the Justice Department, praised the whistleblowers who contributed to the investigation and criticized the flawed reasoning behind a court decision giving Congress access to documents but providing a misguided legal shield for bureaucrats in future investigations. 

 

Grassley also reminded lawmakers of their constitutional responsibility to act as a check on the executive branch and continue to pursue rigorous oversight of the federal government on behalf of the American people.

 

“It cannot take years for this body to get answers from a co-equal branch of government about information that has no legal basis to stay hidden from Congress,” Grassley said.  “That is why I am working with my colleagues on proposals to modernize the rules of engagement in congressional oversight.  We need a package of rules and legislative changes so that responders to congressional inquiries cannot rely on phony privilege claims and delay tactics.”

 

Operation Fast and Furious was a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) program during the Obama administration in which ATF agents allowed guns to be trafficked into Mexico. In the course of the operation ATF lost track of several of the guns, one of which was used in the slaying of a United States Border Patrol agent.  The Justice Department under the leadership of then-Attorney General Eric Holder continuously obstructed Congressional inquiries into the matter. Grassley, a longtime advocate for government transparency and accountability, has been a leader in the investigations of Operation Fast and Furious for nearly six years.

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Davenport Police Respond to Gunshot

On Wednesday, June 07, 2017 at approximately 2:32 AM Davenport Police responded to 1000 W 8th St. in reference to a gunshot victim. Cainnan Gates, age 34, of Davenport was located inside of the residence and pronounced dead at the scene. Detectives are actively working this investigation and no other information is available at this time. Anyone with information regarding these incidents is encouraged to “DO WHAT’S RIGHT” and call the Davenport Police Department at 563 326-6125 or submit an anonymous tip via the mobile app entitled “CityConnect Davenport, IA” or “CrimeReports by Motorola”.

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River Drowning

 

Recovery crews who spent the day attempting to recover the body of the accidental drowning have ended their unsuccessful efforts as of 4:30 PM today. This will end the search until further notice.

 

Our victim is Malik A. Williams, age 25, date of birth 10-10-1991 from Galesburg, Illinois

 

Moline Police were called to the 5400 block of River Drive at the Mississippi River at 8:32 PM Tuesday the 6th for individuals who had fallen into the river.

 

Responding Officers found that a six year old boy had fallen into the river while fishing. His father in an attempt to save the boy entered the water and was no longer on the surface.

 

An uninvolved party, Van Thang, who was driving near the scene, was prompted by screams from the river bank. Thang left his vehicle and entered the water saving the boy bringing him to shore and handing him over to a group gathered there. Thang however was not able to make it further out into the Mississippi to the victim.

Moline Police, Moline Fire, East Moline Police, and the Rock Island Arsenal all had crews assisting in the rescue. All deployed units stayed on scene until well after midnight.

 

Crews resumed their search around 8:00 AM but it is now deemed a recovery.

The name of the 25 year old victim of the accidental drowning will not be released until his recovery and this will be done by the Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson.    

 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all involved in this tragic accident.

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East Moline Community Fund Announces Grants

 

 

            The East Moline Community Fund Advisory Board recently met to review and approve grant distributions for 2017.   Members of the East Moline Community Fund Advisory Board include:  Bob Baecke, Chairman; Larry Anderson, Vice Chairman; Bill Phares, Secretary/ Treasurer and Board members Pat VanBruwaene, Terry Brahm, Connie Dowsett, Doug Reynolds and Willie Ellis.  

            The following grants were approved to give to charitable organizations that benefit the citizens of East Moline and the surrounding area:

 

1.      Children’s Therapy Center of the Quad Cities                                                       $1,000.00

Assist with Therapy costs for East Moline children

2.      Christ United Methodist Church                                                                            $2,000.00

Fund perishable staple items for the food pantry clients

3.      Churches United of the QCA                                                                                  $1,000.00

Watertown food pantry

4.      Community Resource and Learning Center, Inc.                                                   $824.00

Pre-Kindergarten study

5.      East Moline School District #37                                                                             $500.00

One by One at Glenview Middle School

6.      Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy                                                                   $1,000.00

New Reading Series for Students, K-2                                      

      7.  Quad Cities Marathon                                                                                            $250.00

           Micro-Marathon Entry Fees for 12 Children

8.  Quad Cities Senior Olympics                                                                                  $500.00

27th Annual Senior Olympics insurance/event costs

9.  Rebuilding Together                                                                                               $2,500.00

Homeowner Assistance for emergency repairs

10.   Rotary Club of East Moline/Silvis                                                                           $2,000.00

iPads for East Moline School District students

11.    Supplemental Emergency Assistance Program                                                    $676.00

Providing for the Emergency Needs of East Moline Residents           

    12.  YouthHope-Christian Friendliness Food Pantry                                                      $2,000.00

             Impact At-Risk Kids through Camp Summit                

 

                                                                                                        TOTAL                        $14,250.00

 

                                               

           If you would like to join the East Moline Community Fund in their charitable mission to help create a better tomorrow for East Moline and the surrounding area, please send donations to the East Moline Community Fund in care of:  Bill Phares, East Moline Community Fund  Secretary/Treasurer, P.O. Box 457, East Moline, Illinois 61244 or call (309)796-0170

           

            The East Moline Community Fund, East Moline, Illinois founded in 2011, is an affiliate fund of the Moline Foundation as a community foundation which provides grants to health, human services, education, workforce development, the arts and other charitable organizations which benefit the citizens of East Moline and the surrounding area, including the Quad Cities region.  The East Moline Community Fund receives and administers charitable gifts and works with citizens to achieve their dreams to improve the community.

             

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Family Preparedness Plans Must Include Pets

 

Pets are cherished family members in many Illinois homes, so it’s important for pet owners to have plans to keep their pets safe during and after emergencies. Throughout National Pet Preparedness Month in June, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies will provide tips and information on pet emergency preparedness.

 

“More than half of homes in Illinois have at least one pet,” said IEMA Director James K. Joseph. “Emergency situations can be very stressful, particularly for pets who don’t understand what is happening. If your family includes a dog, cat, hamster or other furry, feathered or scaly friends, don’t forget to include their unique needs in your home emergency plans.”

 

Joseph said home emergency supply kits for people should include a three-day supply of such items as food, water, first aid kit, weather alert radio, flashlights, spare batteries and other items. Pet owners should also have a pet preparedness kit stocked with items such as:

 

· At least a three-day supply of food and water

· Extra supplies of pet medicines

· Copies of pet registration, vaccinations and other important documents

· Photo of your pet in case you are separated during an emergency

· Collar with ID tag, harness or leash

· Crate or other pet carrier in case of evacuation

· Pet litter and box, newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach for sanitation

· Toys, treats or other familiar items to reduce your pet’s stress during the emergency

 

 

A disaster may require you to evacuate your home, sometimes with little notice. It’s important to take pets with you, as an evacuation could last several days, even weeks, and your pets likely cannot survive without care. Plan now for places you and your pets can stay following an evacuation, as many public shelters do not allow animals inside.

 

It’s also important to have a back-up emergency plan in case you can’t care for or evacuate your animals yourself. Talk to neighbors, friends and family to make sure someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. 

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KANSAS To Play The iWireless Center

 Legendary rock band, KANSAS, will bring their Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour to the Adler Theatre in Davenport on Wednesday, November 8 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets ($40, $55, $75, $95) will go on sale Friday, June 9 at 10:00 a.m. at the Adler Theatre Box Office (136 E. 3rd St.), Ticketmaster.com, and charge by phone at800-745-3000.

 

The Prelude Implicit, the new album from KANSAS, marks the band’s biggest selling week in the Soundscan era, and the highest charting release since Power (1986). The Prelude Implicitlanded at #14 on the Top 200 album chart, #41 on the Billboard 200, #5 for Rock Albums, #6 for Physical Albums, #17 on the Vinyl Albums chart and more. The Prelude Implicit is now available for purchase in stores and online.

 

The Prelude Implicit is the first new album release in 16 years for the band that has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, and is famous for classic hits such as ‘Carry On Wayward Son’ and ‘Dust In the Wind,’ to progressive epics like ‘Song for America’ and ‘Miracles Out of Nowhere.’

 

The Prelude Implicit features 10 all new tracks written by the band and co-produced by Zak Rizvi, Phil Ehart, and Richard Williams. KANSAS’s signature sound is evident throughout the album. It showcases Ronnie Platt’s soaring lead vocals, David Ragsdale’s blistering violin, Williams and Rizvi’s rocking guitar riffs, the unmistakable sound of David Manion’s B3 organ and keyboards, Ehart’s thundering drums, and Billy Greer’s driving bass and vocals.

 

The result of the time in the studio was even more than the band imagined. “This is definitely a KANSAS album,” remarks original guitarist Richard Williams. “Whether it is the trademark Prog epic like ‘The Voyage of Eight Eighteen,’ biting rocker such as ‘Rhythm in the Spirit,’ or mindful ballad like ‘The Unsung Heroes,’ there is something on this album for every kind of KANSAS fan. After years of pent-up creativity, the entire band is very proud of The Prelude Implicit.”

 

Lead Vocalist Ronnie Platt adds, “Recording The Prelude Implicit was an incredible experience, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. It is my hope that, knowing the intense listeners that KANSAS fans are, the continuity yet diversity of this album will be pleasing to them.”

 

KANSAS is currently debuting songs off The Prelude Implicit, live in concert, as part of their Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour.

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Pioneer Day On June 17

The fifth annual Pioneer Day is Saturday, June 17, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  It is a kick off of Quad Cities Museum Week.

 

There is an encampment of fur trader re-enactors, called a Buckskinners' Rendezvous, with pioneer portrayers demonstrating hatchet and knife throwing, and there are craft demonstrators such as wood-working, spinning, lacemaking, quilter, and basket weaving.  Old time music specialist Wesley Wells will be a roaming musician. 

 

In addition, kid’s games and activities include turkey in the straw game, scavenger hunt, homemade ice cream making, scrub board washing, yarn dolls, tin punched designs, and a face painter will be doing Native American designs. 

 

Food Vendor available will be Dickey’s BBQ with sandwiches, sides, and drinks. 

 

Pioneer Day hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 17.  Tours of the historic Colonel Davenport House included.  Admission is $10.00 adults for 13 years and over; $8 for seniors (65 & older), free 12 and under and active military.  For more information, visit their website at www.davenporthouse.org.

 

During Pioneer Day on June 17, guests will only need to show a valid picture ID at the guard gate.  Simply tell the guard you are going to the Davenport House.

 

This event is part of the kick off of Quad Cities Museum Week, happening on June 17-25 with over 15 participating local museums.  **The Colonel Davenport House has special hours and will be open every day during Museum Week from 12-4 p.m. for guided tours.**

 

A current U.S. picture ID for persons 16 years or older is needed in order to be permitted on Arsenal Island because it is a working military facility. You can access Arsenal Island using the Moline, Illinois, gate.  Arsenal Security Information

 

The Colonel Davenport Historical Foundation (CDHF) is a nonprofit all volunteer organization that works to preserve Colonel George Davenport’s former home and share his story with the community. 

                                                                                                                      

Colonel Davenport was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving for ten years.  He came to Rock Island in 1816 as a civilian who had a contract to supply rations to the soldiers at Fort Armstrong.  George Davenport was the first permanent white resident in the Quad Cities area and built his house in 1833-34.

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BHC Student-Athletes Win Academic Awards


 

Black Hawk College student-athletes recently earned awards from the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) for their academic achievements in 2016-17.

 

All towns are in Illinois unless otherwise noted.

 

NJCAA Academic All-American individual awards – Thirteen student-athletes were honored for GPAs they earned during the 2016-17 school year. Previously the most BHC student-athletes honored in one year was 11.

 

NJCAA All-Academic First Team (4.0 GPA)

· Dennis Bell of Davenport, IA – 4.0 (men’s golf)

· Megan Groves of Port Byron – 4.0 (women’s volleyball)

· Keil Huber of Bettendorf, IA – 4.0 (men’s golf)

 

NJCAA All-Academic Second Team (3.80-3.99 GPA)

· Madison Garchinski of Fairy Glen, Saskatchewan, Canada – 3.90 (women’s softball)

· Lake Koenig of Davenport, IA – 3.90 (men’s golf)

· Hannah Terrill of Durant – 3.87 (women’s volleyball)

· Roger Wilson of Orland Park – 3.85 (men’s baseball)

· Abby Young of Dunlap– 3.87 (women’s softball)

 

NJCAA All-Academic Third Team (3.60-3.79 GPA)

· Alec Capshaw of Davenport, IA– 3.60 (men’s baseball)

· Larry Dixon of Rock Island – 3.61 (men’s basketball)

· Shelby Thede of Davenport, IA – 3.62 (women’s softball)

· Caylla Townsley of Davenport, IA – 3.71 (women’s softball)

· Anastasia Veloz of Colona – 3.67 (women’s softball)

 

NJCAA Team Academic Awards – Nominations include all grades (excluding remedial) for all players. Teams must earn a 3.0 GPA or higher to be eligible. This award is for the 2016-17 school year.

·        Women’s softball – 3.34 GPA

·        Women’s volleyball –3.22 GPA

·        Men’s golf – 3.08 GPA

 

Carrie Calderon GPA Award – The BHC Athletic Department gives this award for the highest team grade point average for the semester. Women’s softball has won the award 24 of the last 28 semesters.

· Spring 2017 – 3.46 GPA

· Fall 2016 – 3.37 GPA

 

Arrowhead Academic All-Conference awards – GPA 3.0 or higher for 2016-17 school year.

 

Women’s volleyball

·        Lakin Brau of Annawan

·        Megan Groves of Port Byron

·        Kayleigh Kruger of Geneseo

·        Chloe Lasek of Moline

·        Hannah Terrill of Joy       

·        Emily Tunis of Davenport, IA

 

Women’s volleyball and basketball

·        Hannah Libby of Oneida

 

Women’s softball

·        Taylor Altemeier of Bettendorf, IA

·        Madison Garchinski of Fairy Glen, Saskatchewan, Canada

·        Cassandra Osborne of Joliet

·        Shelby Thede of Davenport, IA

·        Caylla Townsley of Davenport, IA

·        Anastasia Veloz of East Moline

·        Abigail Young of Dunlap

 

Women’s basketball

·        Mikaylin Bent of Oneida

 

Men’s golf

·        Dennis Bell of Davenport, IA

·        Keil Huber of Bettendorf, IA

·        Austin Jump of Geneseo

·        Lake Koenig of Durant, IA

·        Nathan Lauritzen of Geneseo

 

Men’s basketball

·        Larry Dixon of Rock Island

·        Tyler Houston of Knoxville

 

Men’s baseball

·        Pedro Alfanseco of Kansas City, MO

·        Nicholas Balandran of St. Pius, TX

·        Alec Capshaw of Davenport, IA

·        Matthew Cox of Bettendorf, IA

·        Harrison Jestel of Davenport, IA

·        Ryan Lorber of Davenport, IA

·        Payton McFate of Davenport, IA

·        Quest Mock of Westbrook, TX

·        Theodore Papousek of New Lenox

·        Derek Schumann of Cypress Woods, TX

·        Anthony Smith of Oak Ridge, TX

·        Roger Wilson of St. Laurence

 

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Serious Crash in Davenport

On Monday June 5, 2017 at approximately 7:12 p.m. Davenport Police responded to a personal injury crash involving two vehicles in the 2300 block of E Locust St.  A white 2013 Lexus RX450h was traveling east bound when the vehicle swerved into the west bound lanes of travel and struck head on to a black 2004 Dodge Durango which was traveling west bound.  The Lexus was occupied only by the driver.  The Durango was occupied by two juveniles.  All of the travel lanes of Locust St were closed for approximately 1 ½ hours while the scene was processed and cleaned up.  Both drivers sustained serious life threatening injuries and were transported to the Genesis East Hospital.  Names of the involved parties are not being released pending notification of the next of kin.  The passenger in the Durango sustained minor injuries and was also transported to the Genesis East Hospital.  The crash is still under investigation.The Investigation is being conducted by the Davenport Police Department, Traffic Safety Unit.

 

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RME Special Event On June 9th

The River Music Experience celebrates its 13th Anniversary this Friday (June 9th, 2017) by hosting a block party featuring live music, food from The Noshery food truck, vinyl records for sale from Nate's Record Resale, activities for children, and more.

 

Music starts at 4:30 p.m. with The Ellis Kell Winter Blues All Stars, followed by Jenny Lynn Stacy & The Dirty Roosters, and the night ends with the roots rocker out of , Nikki Hill.

 

"Nikki Hill looks back to the most confidently grizzled retro sounds... Hill's got too much passion to tidy things up, but she knows exactly what she's doing." SPIN wrote about Hill.

 

The Anniversary block party is a special version of RME's summer concert series, Live@Five.

 

"This one is like a Live@Five on steroids," Deb Powers, RME's CEO, said. "We pull out all the stops for it every year. Whether that's the music or the other activities for the whole family."

 

The event is free and for all ages.

 

"RME wouldn't be around without the amazing members of our community, and we want to celebrate our anniversary with everyone," Powers said.


 

More information and a full schedule for Live@Five can be found on the RME's website, rivermusicexperience.org.

 

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About River Music Experience

 

River Music Experience is a non profit performing arts center, dedicated to providing the community opportunities to listen to, learn about, and play music.

 

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Jewelry Heist At South Park

On Wednesday May 31st around 9:00 PM two suspects, who police believe were working in concert, managed to steal numerous items of Jewelry from Fred Meyer Jewelers at South Park Mall.

 

The Jeweler placed the loss at approximately $90,000.

 

Still photographs and a short video from surveillance cameras have been released and can be found on the Moline Police Department face book page.

 

This is an ongoing investigation and no further information will be released at this time.

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BHC Holding Orientations For Highway Construction Training

 

Black Hawk College will conduct orientations June 27-29 and July 11-12 for the next session of the Highway Construction Careers Training Program (HCCTP).

 

The 13-week class aims to increase the number of minorities, women and disadvantaged individuals working on Illinois Department of Transportation highway construction projects. There is no cost to participants who are accepted into the program.

 

The 450-hour program meets 36-40 hours a week and covers math, job/life skills, blueprint reading, OSHA, stick welding, construction equipment operation, shop time and hands-on projects.

 

The next HCCTP begins Monday, Aug. 14 at the college’s Quad-Cities Campus in Moline.

 

Interested students must attend one of these orientation sessions:

· Tuesday, June 27 at 10 a.m.

· Wednesday, June 28 at 2 p.m.

· Thursday, June 29 at 6 p.m.

· Tuesday, July 11 at 10 a.m.

· Wednesday, July 12 at 2 p.m.

 

To register for an orientation session, contact Paul Fessler at 309-796-5729 or fesslerp@bhc.edu or register online at www.bhc.edu/hcctp.

 

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Bettendorf Hires New City Attorney

The City of Bettendorf welcomes Christopher J. Curran as the newly hired city attorney. Christopher fills the position that was made available when current City Attorney Kristine Stone accepted a new position at Ahlers & Cooney law firm in Des Moines, Iowa.

Upon receiving his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1997, Christopher joined the local law firm of Lane & Waterman LLP. He has been a partner at Lane & Waterman LLP for many years, focusing on a wide variety of corporate, real estate, intellectual property, and transactional matters. He is committed to the Quad-Cities community, currently serving as Chair of Gilda’s Club of the Quad-Cities, and on the boards of directors for the WQPT Community Advisory Board and the Quad Cities Foreign Trade Zone, Inc.

Christopher lives in Bettendorf with his wife, Sheri, and two sons, Ben (14) and Ryan (11). Sheri is General Counsel at Augustana College. When not working or spending time with his family, Christopher enjoys golf, hiking, and cooking.

Mayor Bob Gallagher adds, “We are excited to have Chris join our team. The City has been very fortunate throughout the years to have great legal advisors and we know Chris will be a perfect fit when he takes over the City’s legal responsibilities.”

Christopher will begin his duties on July 1, 2017.

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Bustos Applauds Clean Up Grant

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) helped announce that the City of Rockford was chosen to receive $175,000 to clean up a brownfield site. The grant, from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will be used to remove asbestos and lead-based paint from the original Rockford Walgreens building, at 134 Main Street. Previous EPA brownfields grants have resulted in the investigation and cleanup of dozens of Rockford properties and contributed to substantial investment in the city, including a $24 million indoor recreation center.

 

“Reducing lead exposure is essential in ensuring hardworking men and women have a safe and healthy community to plant their roots and prosper in,” said Congresswoman Bustos. “I’m proud to help announce that Rockford will receive $175,000 in EPA funding to remove asbestos and lead-based paint from the original Rockford Walgreens. These funds will not only help clean up a small piece of Rockford, but also create new economic development opportunities by investing in the long term health of our community.”

 

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Bob Seger To Play The iWireless Center

- Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band will launch their 2017 North American Tour onAugust 24. Arena and amphitheater dates are scheduled in Boston, Detroit, Columbus, Atlanta and Dallas. Additional dates and venues to be announced include Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Minneapolis and more.

 

The tour announcement comes on the heels of the highly-anticipated show at Pine Knob selling out in 9 minutesduring the pre-sale.

Tickets go on sale starting Friday, June 9 (full on sale schedule provided below). Bob Seger fan club members will have special access to purchase tickets in advance on the Tuesday before each scheduled on-sale. To become a Bullet Club member, visit BobSeger.com. Tickets can be purchased at BobSeger.com and LiveNation.com.

Special guest includes Nancy Wilson of Heart on select dates.

 

Just this week Seger's GREATEST HITS album was certified diamond by the RIAA for achieving 10 million units sold in the U.S.

 

In 2015, Seger was honored with Billboard's "Legend of Live" award at the 12th annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards for his significant and lasting impact on the touring industry.

Ticket prices are $$48.00, $78.00, and $98.00 and go on sale Friday, June 9 at Noon.  Tickets are available at the iWireless Center box office, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, and www.ticketmaster.com.  

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Murder Suspect Arrested

 

On Friday June 2nd, 2017 at 10:12 p.m., the Rock Island Police Department responded to the 700 block of 25th St in reference to a battery complaint.  

 

Upon arrival, officers located two juvenile victims who sustained injuries from a battery. Both were transported from the scene by the Rock Island Fire Department to Unity Point, Rock Island.  One of the juveniles was later flown to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria for treatment.

 

Officers also located a victim inside the residence who was deceased. The victim has been identified as Rochelle Davis, D.O.B. 10-27-73.

 

The Rock Island Police Department is currently investigating this incident as a homicide.

 

On June 3rd, 2017, an arrest warrant was issued for Sean E. Rogers, charging him with Aggravated Battery of a Child, bond being set at $250,000.00.

 

On June 4th, 2017, at approximately 3:43 a.m., Davenport Police Department took Rogers into custody at Genesis West Medical Center in Davenport, Iowa. He will be transported to the Rock Island County Jail pending extradition.

 

Anyone with information related to this case is asked to contact the Rock Island Police Department at 309-732-2677 or Crimestoppers at 309-762-9500.

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Homicide In Rock Island

 

On Friday June 2nd, 2017 at 10:12 p.m., the Rock Island Police Department responded to the 700 block of 25th St in reference to a battery complaint.  

 

Upon arrival, officers located two juvenile victims who sustained injuries from a battery. Both were transported from the scene by the Rock Island Fire Department to Unity Point, Rock Island.  One of the juveniles was later flown to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria for treatment.

 

Officers also located a victim inside the residence who was deceased. At this time the victim’s identity is not being released.

 

The Rock Island Police Department is currently investigating this incident as a homicide.

 

On June 3rd, 2017, an arrest warrant was issued for Sean E. Rogers, charging him with Aggravated Battery of a Child, bond being set at $250,000.00.  

 

Anyone with information related to this case is asked to contact the Rock Island Police Department at 309-732-2677 or Crimestoppers at 309-762-9500.

   

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Bustos to Keynote "Ready to Run" Program for Women Interested in Running for Office

Saturday at 8:15 AM in Moline, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) will be the keynote speaker at the “Ready to Run” program for women interested in running for office. She will speak about the importance of having women in both local and national offices, as well as best practices for political campaigns. During the last election cycle, Congresswoman Bustos served as the Vice-Chair of Recruitment and the Co-Chair of the Red-to-Blue program at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Congresswoman Bustos Keynotes “Ready to Run” Program

Who: Congresswoman Cheri Bustos; women interested in running for office
What: Keynote Speaker at “Ready to Run”
When: Saturday, June 3rd at 8:15 AM
Where: Western Illinois University, Quad-Cities Campus – Riverfront Hall Room 111, 3300 River Drive, Moline, IL 61265

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ISP Warns Of Phone Scams

The Illinois State Police (ISP) is warning the public of a phone scam that is currently circulating throughout the state.  An individual will call and claim to be associated with the ISP.  The caller will state that they are asking for donations for officers who have died in the line of duty.  

The phone number most often associated with the call is (312) 789-5176; however, phone scammers have the ability to quickly change the phone number that is displayed on caller ID.  Citizens should be wary of calls soliciting money regardless of what number is displayed, particularly if threats are made by the caller or they become pushy.  

The ISP will never call to solicit money on behalf of the Department or ask you to send money to us for any reason.  The ISP encourages those who believe they have been the victim of a phone scam to call (800) 243-0618, and report it to the Office of the Illinois Attorney General.  

For information on the different types of phone scams and indicators of phone scams, please visit the Illinois Attorney General website or the Federal Trade Commission at the following addresses:
http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumers/phonescams.html
 
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts

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Road Work On Spruce Hills Drive

Effective immediately and continuing through the end of June, Spruce Hills Drive will be under construction between 18thStreet and Woodland Lane.  The work will consist of full depth concrete patching and storm intake reconstruction.  Construction will be phased in two stages.  Each stage will close two lanes with two-way traffic being moved to the adjacent two lanes.  The start date and duration of the project is dependent on weather.

 

For more information, contact the Bettendorf Public Works Department at 563-344-4055.

 

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Body of Burn Victim Identified

The victim in this incident has been identified as Brandon Brooks, age 35, of Rock Island, Illinois.
This is an ongoing investigation and updates will be sent as they become available.
Anyone with information regarding these incidents is encouraged to “DO WHAT’S RIGHT” and call the Davenport Police Department at 563 326-6125 or submit an anonymous tip via the mobile app entitled “CityConnect Davenport, IA” or“CrimeReports by Motorola”.

Update: 
Detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the deceased. He is described as a black male, approximately 5foot tall; thin build, with braided hair. He was wearing tan coveralls.
Anyone with information regarding these incidents is encouraged to “DO WHAT’S RIGHT” and call the Davenport Police Department at 563 326-6125 or submit an anonymous tip via the mobile app entitled “CityConnect Davenport, IA” or “CrimeReports by Motorola”.
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Original Release: May 30, 2017
On Tuesday May 30, 2017 at approximately 04:29 AM police and fire units respond to a suspicious fire, near the street, in the 3000 block of west Denison Ave. Once the flames were extinguished a body was discovered. Detectives are actively working death investigation. No other information is available at this time. Anyone with information regarding these incidents is encouraged to “DO WHAT’S RIGHT” and call the Davenport Police Department at 563 326-6125 or submit an anonymous tip via the mobile app entitled “CityConnect Davenport, IA” or
“CrimeReports by Motorola”.

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Changes At Arrowhead Ranch

Arrowhead Youth and Family Services (AYFS a.k.a. Arrowhead Ranch) is pleased to announce exciting changes that will benefit youth at risk and the community.   Renovations and long overdue updates will be made at the Coal Valley campus starting in July 2017. Since 1945, AYFS has been working with youth from Illinois that are experiencing problems at home, in the community or at school. The agency will continue to serve the local counties and the state of Illinois as it has done for several decades. Arrowhead will also market to youth and their families nationwide. Expanding the market reach by opening its doors to youth and their families around the country will qualify Arrowhead for national foundation and corporate support and offer a boost to local economy.  These changes will allow Arrowhead the opportunity to help troubled youth find their way back into the mainstream of society for many more years.

 

The program at Arrowhead encourages youth to realize that the way they are doing things is not always working. Businesses need to do the same. Plans need to be modified to stay current and competitive within their industry. It is time to look at AYFS’s business plan and make necessary changes. The current residential facility was built in 1970, and needs attention to deferred maintenance as well as several other updates. While the focus is on the future of Arrowhead, concentration will remain on the core program of working with traditional or moderate level clients. Intensive clients will no longer be a part of the programming at Arrowhead.

 

By expanding the market reach to a national level, AYFS will be able to serve a larger demographic of youth at risk. “The Quad City Airport and hotels are close to our campus, allowing families to easily visit their children and also take advantage of what the community has to offer while they are here” said Mary Davidson, Development and Marketing Director at AYFS. “Our facility has been around for 47 years, it requires repair as we move forward. Once the renovations are complete, the facility will match the high quality services we provide” Davidson added. Arrowhead will continue to be in operation through the renovations with a target date of completion set for the fall of 2018.

 

Arrowhead Academy is the on campus school component of AYFS. According to Dr. Chester Lien, CEO of AYFS and Principal of Arrowhead Academy, this transition period presents a logical opportunity to upgrade the academic offerings. “Arrowhead is blessed to have excellent facilities for vocational classes such as woodworking, horticulture, and automobile mechanics” noted Dr. Lien. The combination of high quality, rigorous classes with vocational offerings will make Arrowhead unique in the private residential world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Change can be frightening, but the leadership team and board of directors have invested a lot of time, research and planning into the future of Arrowhead.  Our new vision will be exciting and beneficial to youth at risk in our community and have a positive effect on our local economy” said Scott VanDeWoestyne, President of the Board of Directors at Arrowhead. “We are confident that we will be here for many more years motivating youth at risk to become responsible young men and women by providing quality counseling, education and social services to youth and their families” VanDeWoestyne continued. For more information regarding this exciting time at Arrowhead and how you can get involved, please call Mary Davidson at 309.799.7044 x270 or email mdavidson@arrowheadyouth.org

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Solar Vehicle Developed at Iowa State

Iowa State University’s student-run solar car team, PrISUm, will soon complete the manufacturing phase of “Penumbra,” the 14th solar car to be produced by the team since it was formed in 1990, and the world’s first solar utility vehicle.

“As Penumbra takes shape, the future of innovation draws nearer,” said Dylan Neal, project director for Penumbra. “We plan to set the standard for what it means to be on the forefront of innovation."

Once completed, Penumbra will function very similarly to today’s average car. With top speeds of 70 miles per hour, the car will weigh approximately 850 pounds and will have the capacity to seat four people. The infotainment system within the car will be the most elaborate Team PrISUm has ever produced. Passengers will be able to listen to music, get directions and view information about other systems in the vehicle. The production of the car totals $750,000 in materials — machine time and cash — with around two-thirds of funding coming from sponsors. Donations start at $10 and can be made at prisum.org.

Penumbra’s unveiling is set for June 2 in Ames. From there, Team PrISUm will take Penumbra on the SunRun, a three-week, 99-county tour across Iowa to educate and advocate for solar energy, while simultaneously preparing for the Bridgestone World Solar Car Challenge in Australia.

“SunRun is where we inspire youth to engage in creative endeavors, show them that anyone can accomplish what we have and show the world that Iowa State University is where innovation happens,” said Smeet Mistry, SunRun Lead for Team PrISUm. “Iowans can find out more about the SunRun event closest to them on our website at prisum.org.”

Following SunRun, Team PrISUm will look toward the big competition in Australia ­— the Bridgestone World Solar Car Challenge. Team PrISUm will send 15 students in mid-September to prepare for the big race. The team will have from October 8 through October 15 to race across the entire continent, starting in the northern city of Darwin and traveling 1,864 miles to the southern city of Adelaide. Aside from the allotted stored energy, all cars must obtain 90 percent of their energy from the sun or recover the vehicle’s kinetic energy. Having never participated in the World Solar Challenge, the team is putting forth all efforts to achieve a successful race.

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Rauner weighs in on a number of issues

Many wonder if Governor Rauner will use his veto pen much after the end of the legislative session. One thing is clear, he won't use it across the board. Rauner's office reports he will sign automatically voter registration legislation. Rauner vetoed a previous version, saying it didn't go far enough in preventing voter fraud. It's not certain whether the Governor will sign the bill boosting the minimum wage. He says he can support if with other regulatory changes.

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Cereal For Summer Announcement Today

 

 

Throughout the month of May, employees of the Rock Island Police Department were challenged to purchase at least one box of cereal for donation as part of our Cereal for Summer program. 

The goal of the Cereal for Summer Program was to collect one box of cereal from each of the 110 employees within the police department, then distribute that cereal to various programs which help to feed children during the summer.  We know that many children are at risk of missing a meal during the summer when school is not in session.

The goal of 110 boxes of donated cereal was quickly surpassed. Once achieved, the employees partnered with the Rock Island Police Department Benevolent Association #3, Rock Island Police Department Fraternal Order of Police #57, AFSCME Local 988, and the Rock Island Hy-Vee, to purchase more cereal. Over 800 boxes of cereal have been purchased!

Please join us on May 31st at 10:00am at the Police Department as we announce the efforts of our campaign and distribute boxes of cereal to the Martin Luther King Center Summer Day Camp Program, The Rock Island Parks & Recreation Youth Summer Camp, Rock Island Library Spring Forward Learning Center Program, and the Quad Cities Area Children’s Food Program.

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Church of Peace Rummage Sale

Church of Peace Organizes One-Day Rummage Sale

Rake up the bargains at the Rummage Sale on Saturday, June 17, 2017, at the Church of Peace, 1114 12th Street in Rock Island, Ill.  The annual sale is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

There are plants, children’s clothing, holiday decorations, jewelry, books, houseware items, and more.  Shoppers will definitely find something they need.

 

The proceeds for these sales have funded many special projects at the church and for the community.

 

The Church of Peace is located at 1114 12th Street, Rock Island, Ill.  Phone number is 309-788-6357 or visit www.ChurchofPeaceUCC.org.

 

The Church of Peace United Church of Christ has been located in Rock Island since 1895.  Founded by German immigrants, the church was originally called Deutsche Evangelicalische Friedens Gemeinde or German Evangelical Peace Church.  In 1912, the congregation built the church at its current location on 12th Street and 12th Avenue.  The church is involved in outreach efforts through its Book Nook, Meal program site, after-school reading program, ESL Classes, Diapers for Baby Jesus, and Saturday food pantry.

 

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Hazardous Fire In Bettendorf

At 9:43 a.m., Tuesday, Bettendorf Fire was called to a hazardous material spill at an apartment complex located at 3434 Towne Pointe Dr, Bettendorf. Two pool chemicals, muriatic acid and chlorine were accidently mixed causing a hazmat situation inside the poolroom. The entire apartment complex was evacuated. Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island, Moline and East Moline departments were on scene per MABAS, Mutual Aid Box Alarm System.

 

Firefighters made a level A entry into the poolroom using encapsulated chemical suits to remove the hazard from the building.  Enviromark, an environmental waste management service, removed the hazard from the scene.

 

The person who mixed the chemicals was sent to the hospital. There were no other injuries. 

 

Residents are now allowed back into the apartment complex.

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Davenport Detectives Need Your Help

Detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the deceased. He is described as a black male, approximately 5foot tall, thin build, with braided hair. He was wearing tan coveralls.
Anyone with information regarding these incidents is encouraged to “DO WHAT’S RIGHT” and call
the Davenport Police Department at 563 326-6125 or submit an anonymous tip via the mobile app
entitled “CityConnect Davenport, IA” or “CrimeReports by Motorola”.
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On Tuesday May 30, 2017 at approximately 04:29 AM police and fire units respond to a suspicious
fire, near the street, in the 3000 block of west Denison Ave. Once the flames were extinguished a body was discovered. Detectives are actively working a death investigation. No other information is
available at this time. Anyone with information regarding these incidents is encouraged to “DO WHAT’S RIGHT” and call the Davenport Police Department at 563 326-6125 or submit an anonymous tip via the mobile app entitled “CityConnect Davenport, IA” or “CrimeReports by Motorola”.

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Sen Grassley Says ACA Is Broken

I rise today to share real stories from real Iowans who have been harmed, not helped, by the Affordable Care Act. The other side talks about the benefits of the ACA without mentioning the reality. There is a reason Republicans are acting to protect Americans from a loss of access to medical care.

Obamacare has broken its promises. All these promises, made over and over again, have not stood the test of time. 

Let’s look at these promises:

PROMISE: You were promised if you like your doctor, you could keep your doctor. 

IN REALITY: This promise was actually scrubbed from the Obamacare website. 

PROMISE: You were promised you would be able to keep your insurance plan. 

IN REALITY: In the fall of 2013 between 7 and 12 million people had health insurance cancelled. 

Obamacare mandates resulted in fewer choices for people to buy affordable insurance.  People were kicked off plans they liked and could afford. This promise was dubbed the “Lie of the Year.”

PROMISE: You were promised your premiums would go down by $2,500 per family.

IN REALITY: Not even close!   

In Iowa, premiums increased up to 43%, in just one year! One farmer told me that his insurance went up from $20,000 to $32,000 in one year. He was able to get the premium down to $25,000 but he has a deductible of $15,000.  

THE BIGGEST PROMISE: You were promised access to affordable health care – the law is called the Affordable Care Act. That is the most concerning of all, the situation created by Obamacare is far from affordable. 

IN REALITY: Premiums in 2017 have doubled for the majority of states using Obamacare exchanges. In three states, premiums have tripled during Obamacare. One Iowan from Pomeroy, Iowa wrote to me and said that she shopped for an Obamacare plan and found that she would have to pay $9,000 out of pocket before her insurance kicks in. She told me she doesn’t know where that money would come from. That is too expensive to use!

For the past seven years, Obamacare has not been working and it will never work for the American people. 

Republicans will not accept failure. 

We aim for better and that is what guides as we continue our work repealing and replacing this failed law.  

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RME Live @ Five To Return

The River Music Experience's FridayLive@Five series returns on June 2nd for 2017. The first act of the year will be The Dani Lynn Howe Band.

 

Live@Five is a free concert series put on by the RME every summer, and each year it keeps getting bigger and better. Almost every Fridayfrom June through September, RME hosts a free concert from 5-7 p.m.in the RME Courtyard off of 2nd St., next to Woodfire Grill.


 

"We're really excited about the lineup this year. We have a huge amount of variety between the artists," Kate Dale, Director of Entertainment, said, "from blues, rock, reggae, country, soul, and more."


 

"Most of the acts are local favorites, but about 20% are from out of town," Dale said. "It's a great way to hear your favorite local bands and some from out of town that you might not have heard before."


 

Some of the bands featured are The Candymakers, Rude Punch, and The Monica Bell Band.


 

Concerts in the RME Courtyard have gone through a few different iterations, but the current one featuring free music on Fridays is sticking.


 

"It's really become a staple of downtown," Deb Powers, RME CEO, said, "a lot of people start their weekends off with Live@Five. They bring the whole family, maybe a few lawn chairs, and just enjoy the music."


 

A full schedule for Live@Five can be found on the RME's website, rivermusicexperience.org.

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AMERICAN PICKERS to Film in Illinois

Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to Illinois! They plan to film episodes of the hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout the region in June 2017! AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique ‘picking’ on History. The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them.As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle and rescue forgotten relics. Along the way, the Pickers want to meet characters with remarkable and exceptional items. The pair hopes to give historically significant objects a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about America’s past along the way. Mike and Frank have seen a lot of rusty gold over the years and are always looking to discover something they’ve never seen before. They are ready to find extraordinary items and hear fascinating tales about them. AMERICAN PICKERS is looking for leads and would love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send us your name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to:
americanpickers@cineflix.com or call 855-OLD-RUST.

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